Why Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs love Raymond Felton

Raymond Felton has been an unsung hero for the Mavs this year.
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When the Dallas Mavericks originally acquired Raymond Felton, he was considered nothing more than a trade throw-in. Most of the talk about Felton's arrival was focused on when and how the Mavericks would get rid of him.  

But even though the acquisitions this offseason of Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews created a crowded backcourt for Dallas, Felton has stepped up this season as one of the most consistent and productive contributors for the Mavericks. 

Star forward Dirk Nowitzki has certainly noticed all the work Felton has put in. Here's more from Tim MacMahon at ESPN.com:  

“Ray went through a lot here in his first year with not playing a lot and always being a professional, so I think everybody is rooting even more for him,” Nowitzki said. “He’s a good dude off the floor. He’s a team guy. He’s easy to root for.”  

Felton might not be the star of a Mavs win again all season, and that’s fine with him. He’s happy to be contributing to a team with playoff aspirations, and he has proven again that he’s a quality role player.  

“Those who forgot about me or those who forgot about the nine years of work I put in this league before last year, just letting them know that I’m still here,” Felton said. “I still got it. I just had a bad injury. I had a lot of disappointing situations that happened off the court in New York before I got to Dallas. Nothing I can do about that. That’s behind me, that’s in the past. “It’s really just coming out and showing everyone that I can still play basketball. That ain’t changed.”

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