Raymond Felton is a US-born professional basketball star who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. His long professional career dates back to the 2005 NBA Draft, where he was selected in the first round by the Charlotte Bobcats. Before turning pro, Felton had a well-decorated college career at the University of North Carolina.
Raymond Felton Bio, Age
Raymond Bernard Felton, Jr. was born June 26, 1984, in Marion, South Carolina. He received his high school education at Latta High School in Latta, South Carolina, where he began his basketball career. Among other highlights of his high school years, the talented young man led the school to 2 state championships. Both as a junior and senior, he was named South Carolina Mr. Basketball and set 2,992 total points and 117 3-point records. In his senior year, Felton not only won the Naismith Prep Player of the Year 2002 award but also appeared in the 2002 editions of the McDonald’s All-American Game and Roundball Classic, where he was honored as MVP.
By the end of his high school years, Raymond Felton has rated a 5-star recruit, number 1 in the Point Guards, and number 3 in the 2002 class. The talented young man chose the University of North Carolina for his college basketball career. As a sophomore, Felton was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award and the Naismith College Player of the Year Award. In his junior season, he helped the North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team win the 2005 NCAA National Championship, and his achievements earned him the Bob Cousy Award and All-ACC First Team awards.
Raymond Felton NBA Career
Raymond Felton relinquished his final year of college eligibility and participated in the 2005 NBA Draft where he was voted fifth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats. In his rookie season, he averaged 11.9 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game, a performance that earned him the election as the second NBA All-Rookie Team. In his second season, he became number one in the Bobcats’ deep rankings, although he improved in his overall performance. He remained consistent throughout his stint with the Charlotte Bobcats, but the team only made the playoffs in 2010, his last season in the franchise.
After his contract with the Bobcats expired, Raymond Felton joined the New York Knicks as a freelancer in July 2010. The NBA star completed a total of 54 appearances for the Knicks and recorded high average scores in his career of 17.1 points, 9.0 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. Despite his supposed top form, he switched to the Denver Nuggets in the middle of the season in February 2011. He ended the 2010/11 season with the Nuggets as backing for his fellow guard Ty Lawson. At the end of the season, he was switched to the Portland Trail Blazers in a multiplayer deal. His one-year season with the team was largely uneventful, however, as his goal average dropped to 11.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
In July 2012, Felton was returned to his former team, the New York Knicks, in a multiplayer deal. In the 2012-13 season, his stats improved slightly and his goal difference average rose to 13.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, but he did not fare so well the following season. He joined the Dallas Mavericks in June 2014 but was sidelined for most of the 2014-15 season due to an ankle injury.
After another season with the Mavericks, Felton moved to the LA Clippers in July 2016. After a less impressive first season on the team, he moved to the Oklahoma City Thunder in July 2017, and after a satisfactory first season as the team’s reserve point guard, the NBA veteran signed a one-year contract extension with the Thunder in July 2018.
Raymond Felton is an NBA veteran who has done well financially in his long professional basketball career. In his more than 10-year career, he has played for at least 7 different NBA teams. Through his massive career earnings and a number of lucrative ventures, Felton has accumulated a net worth of $15 million.
Family – Parents, Nephew
Raymond Felton’s parents are Barbara and Raymond Felton Sr. He grew up with 2 siblings, the sisters Juvonna and Charmaine. Apparently, the NBA star inherited his great athletic genes from his father, who also excelled in basketball in his prime. Raymond Felton Sr. was considered the best player in their small town of Latta for a long time until he was overtaken by his son.
Felton’s nephew, Jalek Felton, is also a basketball star in his own right. Just like his famous uncle, he signed up to play college basketball at the University of North Carolina early on. A five-star contender, the younger Felton was the most-cited recruit for the UNC in the 2017 class, but his time on the team ended abruptly in January 2018 when he was suspended for misconduct. In March 2018 he officially retired from the institution and about three months later he was employed by the Slovenian basketball club Petrol
Who is Raymond Felton’s Wife?
Raymond Felton is currently married to Tabitha Tuggle. The couple entered into the bond of marriage on August 26, 2017. The ceremony took place at The Joule in the Main Street District of Dallas, Texas.
Prior to his current marriage, Felton was married to Ariane Raymondo. The now-estranged duo married in 2012, but their union ended in divorce after 19 months.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Raymond Felton is 6 feet 1 inch (195 cm) tall. With a weight of 93 kg (205 lbs), he maintains his athletic build. In his more than ten-year NBA career, the veteran point guard has proven to be an efficient addition to his teams’ offensive.