NBA: Mavericks' Raymond Felton believes he is an "elite point guard"

Raymond Felton

The former New York Knick is looking to bounce back after a poor season in the Big Apple.

Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton will head into next season with one goal - to prove himself as an "elite point guard" in the NBA.

Felton had a poor season with the New York Knicks in 2013-14, shooting under .400 from the field for the first time since 2006-07, his second year in the league. 

But after being sent to Dallas as part of the trade that saw Tyson Chandler become a Maverick, Felton is looking to prove that he can still thrive as an NBA point guard.

""Just to show everybody that I've still got it, I still can play," Felton said of his goals for next year. "I still can play the game at this level. I still play as an elite point guard at this level. That's just all.

"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. And trust me, I look forward to it."

Felton's last season in New York was blighted by poor play and off-the-court trouble. He faced charges after his then-estranged wife alleged that he threatened her with a loaded handgun.

"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," he said. "Last season was all my fault. It was nobody else's but mine. I take the blame for it totally.

"I'm putting all that behind me last year. I'm looking forward to this year with the Mavs."

His first task will be to earn the starting job ahead of Devin Harris, who the Mavericks expect to re-sign in free agency. Felton is set to earn $3.79 million next season with a player option for the next year, and will be expected to live up to that salary in Dallas.