Draymond Green Criticizes Draft Analysts for Ignoring Kay Felder

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 13, 2016

Dec 30, 2015; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Oakland Golden Grizzlies guard Kay Felder (20) steals the ball away from Virginia Cavaliers guard Devon Hall (0) during the first half at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green knows what it's like to be overlooked and underrated in the NBA draft, so he's decided to stick up for small-school standout Kay Felder. 

Green took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with draft analysts not giving Felder, who has spent the last three years playing for Oakland in the Horizon League, more attention:

Draymond Green @Money23Green

Why don't these top writers/analysts like @chadfordinsider not talk about a guy like Kay Felder? Is that too far outside the box?

Draymond Green @Money23Green

Like an Isaiah Thomas or Jae crowder or myself? Does going outside outside the box make them lose credibility? Or can they just not see it?

Because of Felder's small-school credentials, it's easy to understand why draft analysts haven't given him a lot of attention. There's nothing that immediately jumps out at you. He did average 24.4 points per game last season, but Golden Grizzlies head coach Greg Kampe's system is built on fast-paced offense. 

Felder wasn't an outstanding shooter from the field, hitting just 44 percent of his attempts last season. He's also an undersized guard, measuring in at just under 5'10" and weighing 177.2 pounds at the combine. 

ESPN's Chad Ford, whom Green specifically called out, does have Felder ranked as the 40th-best prospect in the 2016 draft class and cites his competitiveness on both ends of the floor, quickness and ability to score from anywhere. 

Ford responded to Green via Twitter:

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider

He was really good today Draymond. He's got a chance. Teams just leery b/c he's 5-9 https://t.co/bjpOe93zOs

ESPN's Fran Fraschilla told reporters during a conference call (via Mark Snyder and Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press) that he expects Felder to be on an NBA roster and compared his game to that of Kentucky star Tyler Ulis. 

Felder isn't being ignored throughout this draft process. He's just not going to be taken with a high pick, so the focus is on other players. His ability to handle himself on the court despite his limited size could be enough to land him on a summer-league roster with a chance to make a team for the 2016-17 season. 

Green wasn't exactly forgotten coming out of college because he played at Michigan State, but he did last until the 35th pick in 2012, when the Warriors took him. He's turned himself into one of the NBA's best all-around players, making his first All-Star team in 2016. 

If Felder can play the way Green and some others believe he can, NBA teams will find him. It may not happen on draft night because he's an outlier physically, but it won't take long for him to earn a shot somewhere this summer. 


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