Earlier this week, it was reported by Bob Finnan that Carrick Felix will likely spend time with the Canton Charge, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA D-League affiliate. In Finnan’s post, Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown said “Canton might see him a few times” regarding Felix’s future in the Cavaliers organization.
One of Felix’s coaches last season at Arizona State was Eric Musselman, a former head coach in the NBA D-League both with the Reno Bighorns and Los Angeles D-Fenders. During his time in the NBA D-League, Musselman coached NBA stars such as Jeremy Lin and Danny Green, while learning that time in the NBADL can do tremendous things for young players.
Musselman spoke with DleagueDigest.com about the idea of his former player Carrick Felix spending time in the NBA D-League. ”The NBA D-League is a good thing for rookies to experience. The key to any young player’s development is playing time, and the D-League allows players to get minutes in game situations against hungry players.” Musselman said.
Musselman continued, “For Carrick, if Coach Brown and Chris Grant decide at some point to send Carrick to Canton, I know Carrick would go with the mindset of getting better and trying to help the Charge win games. He is aware of how much the D-League can benefit a young developing player.”
As Finnan noted in his post, Felix’s potential assignment to Canton is more of a result of the Cavaliers upgrading their shooting guard and small forward positions. Felix, a 6’6” versatile guard, averaged 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 24.2 minutes for Cleveland during NBA Summer League, and is considered as a player with a lot of potential.
Musselman knows that Felix would take any sort of trip to Canton in stride. “Carrick would not look at it as a demotion as he understands its all about getting better. The key for Carrick this year, is to keep improving, and I know that he will do anything necessary to do that in order to have a great career in the NBA.” Musselman concluded.
The NBADL assignment trend will likely continue this upcoming season in the NBA. Last season, 58 players were assigned 184 times to the D-League, and if/when Felix makes the trek to Canton, the former Arizona State standout will likely add more dimensions to his game, and return to the Cavaliers with even more promise as a player.