The Los Angeles Clippers will play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Here’s what you need to know:
July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will be broadcast live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer League’s are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of July 5th
Los Angeles Clippers
Players expected to participate: Isaiah Hicks, Brice Johnson, Luke Nelson, James Bell, Sindarius Thornwell, Nic Moore, Jaron Johnson, Diamond Stone, Jawun Evans, Michael Eric
The Clippers recently traded Chris Paul to Houston ushering in a period of rebuild. L.A. doesn’t have many young assets, so the summer could be crucial for undrafted free agents hoping to make the roster. UC Davis point guard Luke Nelson could be a candidate for the roster after Paul’s departure.
Nelson, a native of Worthing, England, averaged 16.9 points and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 43.2 percent from three as a senior last year en route to winning the Big West Player of the Year.
Second rounder Sindarius Thornwell will receive his first NBA action. The NCAA tournament standout guard/forward averaged 21.4 points and 7.2 rebounds as a senior to win the SEC Player of the Year. It will be interesting to watch how Thornwell’s game will translate to the NBA.
Another second rounder, Jawun Evans, was one of the top point guards in all of college basketball last year. Evans averaged 19 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.7 steals to go along with a 37.6 three point percentage in his senior year at Oklahoma State. Evans’s downhill playing style and underrated playmaking makes him an intriguing prospect to watch.
L.A. also just bought a G-League team, so free agents Nic Moore, Jaron Johnson, James Bell, and Isaiah Hicks may be under the microscope for G-League spots.
Player to Watch: Brice Johnson
Many had high hopes for Brice Johnson, the 25th overall pick from 2016. He suffered a severe back injury and played just nine minutes all year for the Clippers, with most of his action coming in the G-League.
L.A. is in desperate need for wings as they are shallow at the small forward spot. Johnson is a fantastic rebounder and he has an underrated offensive game.
Johnson has a prime opportunity to gain big minutes in the Clippers’ wing core. If Johnson can put together a good summer, there should be no doubt Johnson will be playing big minutes next year in L.A.