Kay Felder rediscovered and is perhaps clinging to new NBA life with the Chicago Bulls.
Felder, of course, spent his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where the 5-foot-9 guard gained a reputation for entering the game and immediately firing away.
So much so, in fact, that the Cavs held a pool before their game against the Bulls last week, with players predicting how many shots Felder would take. (The answer was 11 in 16 minutes.)
But as a surprising second-round pick by the Cavs in 2016, and an undersized guard coming out of mid-major Oakland (Mich.) U., Felder is just trying to do what it takes to get noticed on an NBA court.
“My life has been a fight, a fight every day,” Felder told Bulls.com. “I’m ready for it. I’m up to the test. I have a big heart; that’s what I say, that I’m all heart. I have a big chip on my shoulder. I don’t like to be counted out. So that fuels the fire inside me.”
Felder was traded from the Cavaliers to the Atlanta Hawks (along with Richard Jefferson) during the preseason. The Hawks immediately waived Felder and the Bulls claimed him off waivers.
So far he is averaging 6.8 and 3.5 assists (and 14 field-goal attempts) in 14.5 minutes per game.
He was magnificent last season with the Canton Charge of the G League, scoring a whopping 29.9 points and grabbing 3.6 rebounds.
As for the Bulls, things could potentially change for Felder once newcomers Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn return from injuries and join the backcourt. But as usual, Felder seems prepared to go down firing.
“I figure with this team I can give the knowledge I got from Cleveland and bring it to Chicago,” Felder told Bulls.com. “Just an opportunity for me to grow and figure myself out in this league.”