Raymond Felton's a steadying presence the Thunder needs to keep
Whether or not the Thunder brings back Raymond Felton, who played for the veteran's minimum this past season ($2.3 million), players of his ilk are crucial. Players like Felton willing to accept their roles and execute them well are keys to any successful NBA franchise. Felton appeared in all 82 games last season, averaging 6.9 points and 2.5 assists per game.
Raymond Felton Q&A: 'All the little things' mean a lot at playoff time
It's familiar territory for Raymond Felton. The Thunder's loss to the Jazz on Wednesday was Felton's 38th career playoff game, and Oklahoma City is the sixth different franchise with which he's reached the NBA Playoffs. He won an NCAA title with North Carolina in 2005. So Felton has been around the block and talked about the little things that matter at playoff time.
Charlotte Hornets continue to tap into UNC for talent
The Charlotte Hornets have developed a reputation for, uh, having an affinity for fomer North Carolina Tar Heels. Ever since they were reincarnated as the Charlotte Bobcats, a strong pipeline of former UNC players have moved through the Queen City. In their inaugural 2005 draft they quickly pounced on NCAA champions and in-state heroes Raymond Felton and Sean May.
Examining Joel Berry’s place among Roy Williams’ Point Guards
Roy Williams has taken the success and dependence on point guard play to a borderline absurd level since he returned to UNC. In his never-ending quest to increase the pace of the game, five different point guards have defined his best teams. Raymond Felton, Ty Lawson, Kendall Marshall, Marcus Paige and Joel Berry II possessed very different and distinct skill sets.
How much interest is Jalek Felton getting from South Carolina?
One of the top prospects available on the college basketball transfer market this spring is former North Carolina point guard Jalek Felton. The Mullins native and graduate of Gray Collegiate in Columbia is living in Charlotte, working out with his grandfather Raymond Felton Sr. and weighing his options with his family. South Carolina appears to be in a pretty good situation.
Raymond Felton a missing piece to Thunder's playoff puzzle
When the postseason kicks off next week, if the Thunder is in, Raymond Felton — not Paul George or Carmelo Anthony — will be the biggest difference from last season's ineptitude without Russell Westbrook at the point. Yes, the Thunder still has to earn its way into the playoffs, but this season has already been a marked improvement with Felton backing up Westbrook.
Video: UNC beats Ilinois for Roy Williams' first NCAA title - April 4, 2005
Marvin Williams tips in the game-winner with 1:17 to play, Final Four MVP Sean May has a game-high 26 points and Raymond Felton makes key plays down the stretch as No. 2 North Carolina beats No. 1 Illinois, 75-70, to win UNC’s fourth NCAA title and the first for coach Roy Williams.
The last 25 NCAA tournament champions, ranked
2. North Carolina (2005): Pick any three players from the other teams on this list. I’ll take Sean May, Rashad McCants and Raymond Felton from this UNC squad without thinking twice. (That’s not to mention one-and-done star Marvin Williams.). The 2005 season was the last great two-horse race in college basketball; 7. North Carolina (1993); 14. North Carolina (2009).
Raymond Felton Bowls for OKC Youth at Holiday Festival
Tuesday was filled with thunderous crashes along with high-fives at Dust Bowl Lanes during Raymond Felton’s Holiday Festival where matches from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma reveled in gifts, food and fun. Serving as a long-time ambassador of the mentor network since coming into the NBA, Felton wanted to continue his work with the children in Oklahoma City.
Jalek Felton is starting to emerge just when the Tar Heels need him most
The numbers are good. Jalek Felton has 24 points, five 3-pointers and eight assists the past two games. But UNC's freshman guard knows numbers are not enough when it comes to impressing his uncle, Raymond Felton, who led the Tar Heels to the 2005 national title, and his coach, Roy Williams, who has a knack for grooming standout point guards.
Young Jalek Felton is growing into a Roy Williams point guard
Raymond Felton was a Matt Doherty recruit — his class anchored that championship run — but he was the first starting point guard under Roy Williams at Carolina, and he was a Roy Williams point guard like Ty Lawson, Kendall Marshall, Marcus Paige and Joel Berry. Now, Raymond's nephew Jalek is a Roy Williams point guard, or, he's on his way to becoming one.
The Natural Gifts of UNC PG Jalek Felton
Roy Williams turned some heads Tuesday when he said North Carolina freshman Jalek Felton has "more gifts and more skills" than former UNC point guard Raymond Felton, Jalek's uncle. "Jalek is really gifted and I am on him hard because I see so much there. But, if he can get tougher and better defensively...He's got more gifts and more skills than Raymond."
Future Tar Heel Jeremiah Francis Looks to Grow His Game
The list of top point guards in North Carolina history is impressive. From Raymond Felton and Phil Ford, to Kenny Smith and Ty Lawson, just to name a few, it’s a position loaded with marquee names at the traditional powerhouse. Pickerington Central junior Jeremiah Francis is determined to one day be included on that list. “You see all those names, you just want to follow that,” Francis says.
Why Raymond Felton has become the 'glue' of the Thunder's second unit
Just because Raymond Felton has accepted a shift from starter to second unit since hitting his 30s doesn’t mean he’s benched his competitive streak. The game is simple: One-on-one. With a physique that contrasted the taller, more slender ones around him, Felton still gets his shot off, proving he's brought more than just trash talk with him to Oklahoma City.
Raymond Felton proving helpful off Thunder bench
Raymond Felton was averaging 7.7 points and 2.4 assists heading into Thursday’s game at Denver. The efficiency is even more impressive: 48 percent from the field, 52 percent from 3. The Thunder have gone from incapable to competent with their backup point guard on the floor, outscoring opponents by 8.5 points per 100 possessions while Felton is playing.