Kay Felder's career will continue with the best team at the highest level. The Atlanta Hawks took Felder with the 54th overall pick and will deal him to the newly crowned champion Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.
Cleveland is drafting Oakland guard Kay Felder with the No. 54 pick, buying it from Hawks, sources tell The Vertical. Explosive PG.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 24, 2016
Felder's most recent campaign for the Oakland Grizzlies truly caught the eye of NBA scouts everywhere. An offensive force, Felder finished his junior season among the top five scorers in the country in terms of points per game and led the nation in assists per game.
His performance in an overtime loss against then-No. 1 Michigan State increased national interest as he poured in 37 points and racked up nine assists. Felder's top scoring performance actually came one game earlier against Washington when he put up 38. Throughout the season, Felder put together 18 double-doubles and recorded a triple-double in the Vegas 16 semifinal against East Tennessee State.
Clearly, Felder's strengths are scoring and creating opportunities at the offensive end. He also caught the attention of many scouts for his leaping ability. Felder was a fixture on highlight reels with some of his dunks throughout the season. He was able to demonstrate his ability to play above the rim at the draft combine, recording the second highest vertical leap in combine history. Despite standing at just 5-9, Felder is capable of competing with much larger players.
However, that frame is likely Felder's biggest weakness. Though he has demonstrated great athleticism throughout his college career and at the draft combine, his jump shot created many opportunities for him. By maintaining an efficient jump shot and, in particular, a lethal step-back jumper, Felder kept defenders guessing and opened up space for him to get to the rim when necessary. The lengthier and more skilled defenders in the NBA could create problems for Felder's ability to create open shots, allowing them to key in on stopping him from getting to the basket. But, Felder has managed to excel to this point in spite of his size and should continue to find ways to make an impact on the court.