After a dazzling college career, and slipping way into the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, former Oakland point guard Kay Felder signs a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a release from David Griffin on their official site.
Felder, at 5-9, spent the summer with the Cavaliers SL team after his draft rights were acquired from the Atlanta Hawks on draft night. He had a spectacular seven-game stretch and averaged 15.3 points and 3.9 assists in just under 30 minutes per game.
GM David Griffin spoke very highly of Felder, “We are excited to welcome Kay Felder to the Cavs’ family,” said Griffin. “Kay is a dynamic playmaker, and most importantly, the type of person and competitor that we want to add to our locker room.”
It seems like short players always have a chip on their should — like their looking to prove they belong in a tall man’s league. Felder should be no different, and it was witnessed during his time in Las Vegas. He brings incredible energy on both sides of the ball and is remarkably pesky on defense. The full-court pressure he brought to opposing guards was constant and effective, and he used that same energy on the offensive end.
Every team needs a guy who’s going to challenge his teammates and make them stay at a high level.
His game is similar to Isaiah Thomas’, partially because they’re both the same height and left-handed, and partially because Felder openly said he models his game after him. Felder has a big body just like IT, and his quickness and athleticism make up for his lack of height when he gets into the lane. As with smaller guards, his variety of moves in the paint keep longer defenders on their toes, and he brings a respectable outside shot to the table as well.
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Felder dominated the Horizon League during the 2015-16 season en route to winning its MVP award with averages of 24.3 points and 9.3 assists per game — the latter led the NCAA and the former was good for third.
Despite his past and how he played in the Summer League, Felder will still need to cut, claw, and scrap for minutes behind Kyrie Irving and Mo Williams; his height doesn’t help, either, but he’s shown an ability to compete at a high level against bigger guys. As mentioned above, Felder’s competitiveness will do great things for Cleveland even if he doesn’t see the floor.
Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference
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