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Raymond Felton believes he still has game

By Ian Sacks,

Guard Raymond Felton believes that he has the ability to bounce back from last year's rough season with his new team, the Dallas Mavericks.

He was part of the deal with teammate Tyson Chandler, which sent them from New York to Dallas for guards Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington, center Samuel Dalembert and two second-round picks, reports ESPN.

Felton averaged a career-low 9.7 points and 5.6 assists while connecting on 39.5 percent of his shots from the floor last season. It was the only year in his five-year career that he did not average double digits in points.

"When you come off a season like I had last year, there's always a point where you've got to prove yourself coming back the next season,” Felton told Dallas reporters. β€œAnd trust me, I look forward to it."

Last season, he also battled off-the-court issues. He faced felony gun charges after his then-wife accused him of threatening her with his semi-automatic handgun. He avoided jail by reaching a plea deal last month. His divorce has also been finalized.

"I was just fighting with a lot of injuries and I was fighting with a lot of mental stuff off the court, but like I said earlier, I don't make any excuses," Felton said. "Last season was all my fault. It was nobody else's but mine. I take the blame for it totally.”

For his career, he has posted 13.1 points, 6.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He amassed career-bests in 2011 with 15.5 points and 8.3 assists, according to Basketball-reference.com.

 

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