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Can Kawhi & PG13 play 2gether for Clippers?
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J-lo New Yorker
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What grade does DeAndre Jordan deserve for his performance throughout the 2017-18 NBA season? DeAndre Jordan was a victim of trade rumors throughout last offseason and the early parts of the 2017-18 NBA season. Many thought that the Los Angeles Clippers were going to trade him, but they ended up trading Blake Griffin instead. Jordan […]
Next up for the exit interview series: the big friendly giant Boban Marjanovic
Name: Boban Marjanovic
Years in NBA: 3
Key Stats: 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game, with 20 appearances as a Clipper. Shot 55.1% from the field and 78.8% from the free throw line, attempting 2.6 free throws per game.
2017-2018 Salary: $7,000,000
Future Contract Status: One year left at a guaranteed $7,000,000, then unrestricted free agency
Boban came over in the Blake Griffin trade as contract filler to make salaries match. There wasn’t much an expectation that he would have any impact on the court with the Clippers, as he’d barely played for the Pistons in his year and a half with the team. And in many ways, that expectation was correct. Boban appeared in just 20 games with the Clippers, and many of those were in garbage time or for extremely brief stints. Boban played 166 minutes for the Clips, ranking him 18th in minutes on the team— ahead of only Avery Bradley, Sean Kilpatrick, and Brice Johnson.
Boban’s play did win the Clippers a couple games however, a remarkable feat for a man with such little playing time on the season. And even if he hadn’t carried them to multiple victories, he would have become a fan favorite anyhow. Boban’s energy and fun attitude on the team was infectious, and he soon had a little dance crew before games with Tobias Harris and DeAndre Jordan. Fans always got very excited when they saw him at the scorer’s table, as there was a chance to witness some Boban magic. In a short time, Bobi became a beloved member of the Clippers’ roster.
Boban is a fearsome, unstoppable presence in the post on offense. If he catches the ball within 8 feet of the basket, he’s likely going to score, regardless of who is defending him. Boban has an array of post moves, but really, all he needs to do is back down his man a little, and then his incredible length and reach enables him to just flip the ball in. Boban’s game is more diverse than that though. He has a jumpshot that works out to midrange, and his soft touch makes him a very good free throw shooter. Bobi is also a shockingly good passer, capable of making interior dishes to fellow big men, and of playmaking from the top of the key. On defense, he is an impenetrable wall around the basket, and can stifle weak attempts at the rim with the greatest of ease.
Perhaps Boban’s biggest strength is that he’s an incredible person and teammate by all accounts. A funny, spirited, kind man who can get along with anyone, Boban is invaluable to the locker room, and no price tag can be put on that.
Boban only really has two weaknesses, but they are significant enough that he can’t receive large, consistent minutes on a regular basis. The first is his lack of lateral quickness on defense. Opposing teams can spread the floor against Boban, put him in pick and rolls, and feast against his slow feet. Boban tries hard, and generally knows where to go on defense, but his size prevents him from being a capable help and recover defender. The other weakness, tied to the first, is that Boban gets tired very easily. Moving at the speed of play present in the current NBA is extremely difficult for such a large body, and just a few minutes of scrambling defense leaves Boban close to gassed. This means he can’t play for long stints (generally six to seven minutes is the maximum, unless he’s absolutely dominating the game), and only against teams or lineups that can’t punish him defensively. Therefore, he’s a limited, if potent, weapon.
Future with Clippers:
Montrezl Harrell is a restricted free agent this summer, and DeAndre Jordan could be an unrestricted free agent if he declines his player option. That would leave Boban as the only center on the roster. While it seems likely that the Clippers will draft a big man with one of their two first round picks, having Boban will at the very least be a safeguard against injuries will be nice next season. He can’t play every game, and can’t play for that all long, yet he’s a difference making player for a handful of games a season. That is incredibly valuable, especially for a team that will probably lack top-end, game-changing talent once again. All those positives aren’t even counting his locker room presence, which is worth a lot by itself.
It’s probable we see Boban back in a Clippers’ uniform next season. After that, who knows? Boban is just fun, and the team is more fun with him on it. I think he’s a fantastic player to have in reserve, and it would be great if the Clippers could keep him on a smaller deal for years to come. Bobi for life.
In 2017-18, the Los Angeles Clippers had some great moments in a season that caught many by surprise. The Los Angeles Clippers had an eventful 2017-18 season, to say the least. On top of the usual highlight mixtape that every NBA team can cobble together once the season is over, the Clippers had a bevy […]
The Clips Nation Exit Interview series continues with our new friend, Sam Dekker.
Name: Sam Dekker
Age: 23 (but soon to be 24 on May 6th — happy early birthday, Sam!)
Years in NBA: 3
Key Stats: 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game; shot only 16.7% from three-point range; played 12.1 minutes per game over 73 appearances.
2017-2018 Salary: $1,794,600
Future Contract Status: Dekker is signed through the 2019-20 season, at which time he will be a Restricted Free Agent.
Summary: Dekker played in 73 games, averaging 12 minutes per game, and only earned one start for a team riddled with injuries, which, on the surface does not seem like a successful season. That suspicion is confirmed by looking at his three point shooting, which was an abysmal 16.7% from the field. Yes, he average fewer than one attempt per game, but that just shows further that he was not a productive option on the offensive side of the floor. He did not meet expectations, and let G-League call-ups and rookies steal his minutes. His athleticism rendered him useful at times, but not nearly often enough.
Strengths: Dekker’s Defensive Rating was 103.8, which puts him right between Draymond Green and Hassan Whiteside. I am aware that I am presenting this figure in a fairly context-less manner, though I think presenting it in this way is instructive: His rating indicates he is a good defender, based on the company he is in, but Clippers fans who watched him all season wouldn’t have guessed the numbers would indicate as such. His strength, therefore, is in his ability to not screw things up, I would offer. He had a positive +/- on the season by simply being competent most of the time. And his athletic ability allows him to be as productive as possible for a player that is not an offensive threat. Oh, and he’s a pretty good passer — better than I expected, at least.
Weaknesses: Shooting, shooting, shooting. This is why Jamil Wilson, Sindarius Thornwell, CJ Williams, and Ty Wallace — all rookies — all got minutes over him. Mentioning anything other than that would dilute the point.
Future with Clippers: Dekker’s contract gets slightly more expensive as it goes on (2.7 million next year, 3.9 mil thereafter), so the Clippers might see him as wasted space on the roster if he does not earn more time through increased production and more efficiency from the field.
Dekker is the type of player one wants in the modern NBA: A 6’9” wing who is big and coordinated enough to, in theory, guard either an opponent’s perimeter player or stretch-big. He has only been in the league for three seasons, with the first being largely a false-start, so there should be plenty of room for improvement.
Assuming the Clippers remain something similar to what we saw this year, one can imagine Dekker’s next two years either being an opprotunity to learn from a player like Tobias Harris, who should be his goal in terms of style and productivity of play, or being another potential 3-and-D player who falls short of expectations (think Wesley Johnson, Ryan Gomes, etc.).
Or, of course, the Clippers could easily tack him onto a trade package, which could have happened this year had the Pistons-Clippers trade added up out a little differently. I suppose the takeaway from these last now four paragraphs would be: Sam Dekker, given his relatively low salary and the Clippers’ need for another good Small Forward, will be given the opprotunity to improve — and his future with the Clippers will largely depend on his ability to shoot much better from the field.