Guest Speaker Felton Spencer

KJ Fundamental Football Clinic Guest Speaker

Felton Spencer

KJ Fundamental Football Clinic Guest Speaker Felton SpencerFormer UofL All-American and Utah Star -Felton SpencerAll-American on the court and an academic All-American off it, Felton Spencer has used his size, smarts and rebounding skills to become a productive center in the NBA as both a starter and a reserve. The 7-foot, 265-pound Spencer finished his college career as Louisville's all-time field goal percentage leader at .628. He took over the center position as a senior in 1990-91 after Pervis Ellison joined the NBA. That season Spencer paced the Cardinals in scoring (14.9 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg), blocked shots (69) and field goal percentage (.681).

In only its second draft since the club became a franchise, the Minnesota Timberwolves took Spencer with its first-round selection (sixth pick overall) in the 1990 NBA Draft. As a top draft choice and rookie starting center with the expansion Timberwolves, Spencer entered a tough situation. He responded by averaging 7.1 points and 7.9 rebounds and shooting .512 from the floor, good enough for a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He shared time with another rookie center, Luc Longley, whom the Wolves selected immediately after drafting Spencer.

Over the next two years Longley gained more minutes and Spencer's production decreased. After the 1992-93 season Minnesota traded Spencer to the Utah Jazz for center Mike Brown. In Utah, Spencer became the successor to Mark Eaton, and he provided the Jazz with solid scoring, rebounding and defense at the pivot position. In 1993-94, as a complement to John Stockton and Karl Malone, he averaged 8.6 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting .505 from the floor. Spencer and the Jazz were on their way to greatness in 1994-95, but 34 games into the season he ruptured his left Achilles tendon and was lost for the year. Utah went on to win 60 regular-season games but failed to reach the NBA Finals. He missed the first 11 games of the 1995-96 season while recovering from his Achilles injury, but went on to play in the remaining 71, starting 70 and averaging 5.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game. He shot a career-high .520 from the field, tying Adam Keefe for the second-best mark on the team.

On August 10, 1996, Spencer was obtained by the Orlando Magic for guard Brooks Thompson, forward Kenny Gattison and a first-round draft pick, after the Magic had lost Shaquille O'Neal to the Lakers as a free agent. But he played just one game for Orlando before he was traded to Golden State in the deal that brought Rony Seikaly to the Magic.

He went on to play 71 games for the Warriors and do a solid job in the middle, ranking second on the team in rebounding and third in blocked shots. His role was diminished in 1997-98 by the arrival of second-year man Erick Dampier as the starter, as well as the drafting of rookie Adonal Foyle, and he saw relatively limited action as a reserve in 68 games. He played even less in 1998-99, averaging just 6.1 minutes in his 26 appearances off the bench.

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