The Oklahoma City Thunder introduced two of the three off-season acquisitions, on Tuesday. Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson were greeted by a room full of media and family as they were presented as members of the team for the first time. They were joined at the table by General Manager Sam Presti and Head Coach Billy Donovan.
Patrick Patterson comes to Oklahoma City after playing the last three and a half seasons for the Toronto Raptors. Patterson brings much-needed versatility to the front-court with his ability to stretch the floor on offense and play big and small on defense. Billy Donovan raved about Patterson calling him “a tough defender, physical, a winner, a guy that can shoot the ball from the 3-point line…” Donovan and Patrick are quite familiar with each other as Billy recruited Patterson while coaching at Florida. Patterson is coming off of a season where he averaged 6.8 ppg to go along with 4.5 rbg in 65 games.
Raymond Felton, a 13 year veteran in the NBA was signed by the Thunder for the minimum of $2,328,652. He spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and the previous two with the Dallas Mavericks. Felton brings veteran leadership to the team and specifically to the bench for the Thunder. Oklahoma City was the 3rd youngest team in the NBA last season and the youngest to make the playoffs. A quality season last year for Felton included a 1.9 win share (an estimated number of wins contributed by a player) compared to 0.1 by Semaj Christon and -0.1 by Cameron Payne.
Both players also bring a plethora of playoff experience to OKC as Patterson has played in 41 career playoff games to go along with Felton’s 36.
The Thunder will introduce their other off-season acquisition Paul George on Wednesday at 6pm CT.