The Oklahoma City Thunder formally introduced Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson on Tuesday morning.
Patterson will wear no. 54 and Felton will wear no. 2. It will be only the second time in franchise history someone has worn no. 54. Chris Wilcox wore it in Oklahoma City’s first season. No. 2 has been popular, being won by three different players: Thabo Sefolosha, Caron Butler and Anthony Morrow.
Felton, 33, has played for six teams over his career. He was named to the 2005-06 NBA All-Rookie team. Felton recently played with the L.A. Clippers.
Felton is a veteran-savvy point guard who went to North Carolina. One major plus for Felton is he has remained healthy throughout his career. He has played in more than 65 games for 10 of his 12 seasons.
“Being a 12 year guy, the goal is to win a ring,” Felton said. “This organization has been one of the top teams for the last 10 years.”
Last season, Felton averaged 6.7 points in 21.7 minutes per game, providing a quality back up for Chris Paul. He shot 43 percent from the field but only 31.9 percent from three.
Last season, Patterson appeared in 65 games and started in eight of them for the Toronto Raptors. He averaged 6.8 points per game on 40 percent shooting to go along with 37 percent from deep. Rounding out his usual box score, he averaged 4.5 rebounds.
“Everyone is taking less money to win,” Patterson said. “Our goal is to win a championship here.”
A career 37 percent shooter from deep, the Thunder have in effect swapped Taj Gibson — who signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves — for Patterson, a player who can stretch the floor and demand defenders away from the paint.
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