Rookie Carrick Felix has been buried on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ depth chart for most of the 2013-14 NBA season, playing behind Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles at the shooting guard position. Struggling to make a name for himself in his first season in the league, Felix has been shuffled between the Cavs’ bench and the D-League for the majority of the year.
Now the bench is going to be Felix’s home, whether it’s with the Cavs or the Canton Charge. According to multiple reports, Felix will miss the next six-to-weeks of the season due to a stress fracture in his knee that he suffered on Saturday of this past weekend while playing with the charge.
Felix has seen action in only six NBA games for the Cavs this season. Averaging a meager 4.3 minutes per game, he hasn’t really been on the floor enough to show his value or make much of an impact at all.
In nine games with the Charge, though, Felix has obviously been given more of an opportunity and has played relative well. Seeing the floor for 28.8 minutes per game in Canton, Felix has averaged 11 points, 5.2 rebounds, two assists and 1.4 steals per game in the D-League while converting on 45.9 percent of his shot attempts and 33.3 percent of his three-point attempts.
This injury is quite unfortunate for the rookie. Not only is he still trying to break through in this league, but he’s also not really the type of player that can come back and have a monster game to impress everyone. He’s a player that thrives with his defense and with doing the dirty work. For a young guy that contributes those types of things to have a relatively major injury in his rookie campaign is unfortunate to see. Hopefully Felix can get back and keep grinding to make a role for himself in the Cavs’ organization.