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Carrick Felix Picked by Cleveland Cavaliers: Scouting Report and Analysis

Feb 27, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;   Arizona State Sun Devils guard/forward Carrick Felix (0) during the game against the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Paviliion. UCLA won in overtime 79-74. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterJune 27, 2013

With the 33rd pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Carrick Felix from Arizona State University. 

Here's everything you need to know about Felix:

As a senior at Arizona State, Carrick Felix improved in every facet of the game.

Despite a slow start to his career (he spent two years at junior college before playing Division I), Felix recently emerged as one of the top defenders in the Pac-12 and a legitimate NBA prospect.

He earned himself an invite to this year's NBA Draft Combine after averaging 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds on 50 percent shooting.

 

Physical Tools

Felix is an exceptional athlete with the 6'6" size to play off the ball on the wing. He'll need to add some muscle to his 202-pound frame, but he can get up above the rim with his 38.5" max vertical leap.

He is laterally quick and agile, and he has a motor that's likely to drive his production at the pro level.


Attacking

Felix has a quick first step and the ability to explode up at the rim. When there's a hole or gap in the defense, he can hit it hard. He attacks the basket in line drives and builds momentum to finish strong.

Now that his jumper is a threat, defenders are forced to close out faster and more aggressively, making them vulnerable to getting beat off the dribble.

 

Improved  Shooting

Felix really improved his jumper from his junior to senior year, raising his three-point percentage from 31.4 percent to 37.4 percent. 

Now he is a legitimate spot-up option off the ball, which increases the threat he poses to half-court defenses.

Felix also improved his ability to create his own shot on the perimeter. He added the step-back jumper to his arsenal, giving him appeal as a potential isolation scoring option.

This wasn't a move we saw on a routine basis, but it's something he can build on moving forward.

 

Defensive Playmaker

Felix has earned the reputation as an excellent defender. He reacts quickly and aggressively to what's going on around him, and his motor and athleticism allow him to consistently make plays on the ball.

He's also a defensive playmaker. Felix blocks shots off the ball, gets into passing lanes and strips ball-handlers.

With him on the floor, you have a defensive player who can force turnovers and convert them into points the other way.

Felix's motor and athleticism also contributed to over eight boards a game. He's relentless on the glass, consistently making his presence felt by crashing misses and loose balls.

 

Weaknesses

At 22 years old, Felix made an unusually late push as an NBA prospect. His upside is tough to gauge because of how late he actually blossomed.

Right now, he isn't much of a threat off the dribble, doing most of his work as a slasher, finisher and spot-up shooter. He's a willing passer, but creating isn't really his forte.

While his three-point percentage went up, his free-throw mark dropped to 66.4 percent (74.1 the year prior). He doesn't get the cleanest rotation on his release, and it's unclear how effective he'll be spotting up from the NBA three-point line. 

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