Kahlil Ameer "Kay" Felder Jr. (born March 29, 1995) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Felder, a 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) point guard, declared for the 2016 NBA draft at the conclusion of his junior year at Oakland. Felder is the Horizon League career assists leader.

Kay Felder
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Felder with Cavaliers in 2017
No. 20 – Xinjiang Flying Tigers
PositionPoint guard
LeagueChinese Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1995-03-29) March 29, 1995 (age 24)
Detroit, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight176 lb (80 kg)
Career information
High schoolPershing (Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeOakland (2013–2016)
NBA draft2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career2016–present
Career history
2016–2017Cleveland Cavaliers
2016–2017Canton Charge
2017Chicago Bulls
2017Windy City Bulls
2018Detroit Pistons
2018Grand Rapids Drive
2018Raptors 905
2019–presentXinjiang Flying Tigers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Felder attended Pershing High School in Detroit, Michigan where he was named Public School League MVP his senior season.[1] His senior year, he finished fourth in Mr. Basketball of Michigan voting.[2]

He was not heavily recruited by high-major colleges and was noticed by Oakland assistant coach Saddi Washington.[2] Felder was also recruited by Akron, Southern Illinois and St. Bonaventure.[3] Oakland offered Felder a scholarship when he was a sophomore and he committed prior to his senior season. To show their commitment to him, Oakland did not recruit a point guard the season before he arrived so Felder knew there would be no competition.[4]

College careerEdit

 
Felder with Oakland University in 2014

In 2013–14, Felder was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year.[4] As a sophomore in 2014–15, Felder finished second in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) with 7.6 assists per game,[1] two assists behind the leader, Jalan West of Northwestern State.[5] He was also a finalist for the Lou Henson Award, given to the "Mid-Major Player of the Year".[6]

Junior year (2015–16)Edit

As a junior in 2015–16, Felder was consistently being evaluated as an NBA prospect, with professional scouts having attended Oakland's games.[2][4] In December, playing against Washington, then-No. 1 Michigan State, and then-No. 5 Virginia, Felder averaged 35 points, 7 assists and made 47.9% of his field goals.[7] Oakland led at halftime of each of those games, beating Washington, but losing to Michigan State and Virginia. Felder scored 37 points with nine assists against Michigan State in a 99–93 overtime loss at The Palace of Auburn Hills.[2]

Felder was named a top-five finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the top male point guard in Division I.[8] He was also named the mid-season recipient of the Lute Olson Award, given annually to the most outstanding non-freshman men's college basketball player in NCAA Division I.[6] He was placed on the mid-season watch list for the Naismith College Player of the Year.[9]

Felder won the NCAA Player of the Week award on February 9, 2016.[10] He also won six Horizon League Player of the Week awards during the season, tying the Horizon League record.[11]

Despite using only three of his four years of college eligibility, Felder broke the Horizon League career assists mark of 699, which was originally set by Ralph Lee of Xavier in 1986.[12] Felder also set the Oakland school record for consecutive free throws made, making 46 in a row with his last miss on January 29.[13] Felder was named the Horizon League Player of the Year and earned All-Horizon League First Team honors.[14]

On April 5, 2016, Felder declared for the 2016 NBA draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility.[15]

College statisticsEdit

[16][17]

Year Team GP GS MPG FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% REB RPG AST APG STL BLK PTS PPG
2013–14 Oakland 33 33 32.4 102 254 .402 20 62 .323 90 119 .756 129 3.9 212 6.4 29 4 314 9.5
2014–15 Oakland 33 33 38.5 183 434 .422 47 139 .338 185 224 .826 158 4.8 252 7.6 66 8 598 18.1
2015–16 Oakland 35 35 36.7 269 612 .440 76 214 .355 239 282 .848 149 4.3 324 9.3 69 7 853 24.4
Career 101 101 35.9 554 1,300 .426 143 415 .345 514 625 .822 436 4.3 788 7.8 164 19 1,765 17.5

Bold italics indicates led NCAA Division I

Professional careerEdit

Cleveland Cavaliers (2016–2017)Edit

During the 2016 NBA Draft Combine, the 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) Felder tied Pat Connaughton for the second-highest maximum vertical leap recorded in draft combine history at 44 inches (110 cm).[18] Despite his high marks in the draft combine, Felder was still projected to be a late second round draft pick, with the risk that he would perhaps not get drafted altogether. Felder was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 54th overall pick. He was later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on draft night,[19] and in July 2016, he joined the Cavaliers for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[20] On August 6, 2016, he signed a three-year, $2.4 million contract with the Cavaliers.[21][22] He made his debut for the Cavaliers in their third game of the season on October 29, scoring two points in five minutes off the bench in a 105–99 win over the Orlando Magic.[23] On December 14, with Kyrie Irving resting, Felder scored a season-high 14 in 23 minutes in a 93–85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[24] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.[25]

On October 14, 2017, Felder was traded, along with Richard Jefferson, two future second-round draft picks and cash considerations, to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the rights to Sergiy Gladyr and Dimitrios Agravanis.[26] He was immediately waived by the Hawks.[27]

Chicago Bulls (2017)Edit

On October 16, 2017, Felder was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bulls.[28] He was waived by the Bulls on December 19, 2017.[29] He appeared in 14 games for Chicago and averaged 3.9 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 9.6 minutes. He also played in three games for the Windy City Bulls and averaged 17.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field (19-of-42).[29]

Detroit Pistons (2018)Edit

On January 15, 2018, Felder signed a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons, thus splitting his time between the Pistons and their NBA G League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.[30]

Raptors 905 (2018)Edit

On August 21, 2018, Felder signed with the Toronto Raptors.[31] On October 12, 2018 Felder was waived by the Raptors, just before the start of the regular season.[32] He was then added to the Raptors’ G League affiliate, the Raptors 905.[33] On December 3, 2018, Felder was waived by the Raptors 905.[34][35]

Xinjiang Flying Tigers (2019–present)Edit

On March 25, 2019, Felder signed with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.[36]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Cleveland 42 0 9.2 .392 .318 .714 1.0 1.4 .4 .2 4.0
2017–18 Chicago 14 0 9.6 .303 .222 .971 1.0 1.4 .2 .1 3.9
2017–18 Detroit 2 0 3.0 .250 .000 .000 2.0 0.0 .0 .0 1.0
Career 57 0 9.2 .363 .268 .754 1.0 1.4 .4 .1 3.9

Personal lifeEdit

Felder's father, Kahlil Felder Sr, played basketball at Eastern Michigan from 1990 to 1992.[4][37] Felder is also the younger cousin of former NBA player Steve Smith.[38]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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