Since the Cleveland Cavaliers ended up shipping the first shooting guard, Allen Crabbe, that they took in the second round with the 31st selection, they ended up choosing a two guard to keep with the 33rd pick. Carrick Felix of Arizona State – a 6-6, 203-pound shooting guard – happened to be that guy after shooting up draft boards to be selected early on in the second round. Cleveland addressed needs in the frontcourt (kinda), at small forward and now defense with the selection of Felix. Even though I thought they should have gone for a backup point guard to Kyrie Irving here instead of looking toward free agency, a trade or relying on Shaun Liviningston, Felix will be a great addition to the bench once he makes it to the NBA level.
I say that because I think we’ll first see Felix start off in the D-League with the Canton Charge just like Kevin Jones did last season (Jones went undrafted, however). Things could be different if guards Wayne Ellington and C.J. Miles are not around next season in order to revamp the roster. I liked the contribution that both of these players gave off the bench, and keep in mind that Miles slides over to the three as well. Felix would help a second- or third-team defense, as his energy level is very high and he can defend he wing position extremely well. He doesn’t need to have the ball to have a maximum impact, and I like that from a player coming off the bench. He was asked to guard a team’s best player while at Arizona State, so his defensive experience will help when working with new head coach Mike Brown.
Before transferring to Arizona State, Felix was a medical redshirt for two years at the College of Southern Idaho. Felix improved his numbers progressively from his time as a freshman at ASU up until his junior season. During the 2012-13 campaign, Felix averaged 14.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from three-point range.
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