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The 25-year-old is a candidate for MVP in Israel.
James Bell, a former Villanova player who currently plays overseas for the Israeli team Hapoel Unet Holon, will join the Clippers in the Las Vegas Summer League, according to a month-old report from David Pick:
L.A. Clippers and James Bell, I'm told, agreed on Summer League deal. He's an MVP contender for No. 1 seed in Israel.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) May 18, 2017
We missed this when it went down, but Bell was one of the first pieces penciled in for a Clippers SL team that will likely be filled out in the coming week as they recruit undrafted free agents.
Bell averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists per game this season while shooting 47% from the floor and 38% from deep. He has no regular-season NBA experience.
Two years ago when the Lakers held the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, forgoing the predictable and safe pick of Duke forward Jahlil Okafor felt bold and daring in a way the Lakers, to that point, had not been. Their executives instead zeroed in on D'Angelo Russell.
The way he commanded other players on the floor and his ability to whip hard passes through narrow corridors led then-coach Byron Scott to declare, "The last guy I saw do that .
Staff writer Bill Oram predicts how the first round of Thursday's NBA draft might unfold. Will the Lakers go with Lonzo Ball at No. 2? Where will Josh Jackson finally land after being linked to so many teams? What about UCLA's other potential first-round picks?
1. Philadelphia 76ers (From Boston)
Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington
Why Fultz? Philly is selling the farm to get Fultz, the consensus best player in the field.
Off-Season craziness got going a little early this year.
According to two tweets today from Brad Turner of the L.A. Times, the Clippers and Lakers are each in pursuit of star forward Paul George, who has informed the Indiana Pacers that he will not re-sign with the team when he enters free agency in the summer of 2018. As a result, the Pacers are attempting to trade him, although the reports have lowered his market value.
The Clippers, who have limited assets, apparently “didn’t get far” in talks to acquire the All-Star wing, while the Lakers made a minor move this afternoon to position themselves to offer a better package. New Lakers management, led by Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, moved 2015 2nd overall pick D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick. It’s a rather surprising move to totally give up on Russell, who is a promising young guard, but it will free long-term money for the Lakers and give them another draft pick to offer the Pacers.
Can confirm Clippers reached out to Pacers about Paul George, as @ESPNSteinLine first reported. Clippers doing due diligence. Didn't get far— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 20, 2017 June 20, 2017
While it’s totally believable that the Clippers didn’t have enough to offer the Pacers, it’s less believable that the proposed Lakers package has any chance of fetching Paul George. By moving DeAndre Jordan for a first round pick and packaging that pick with a future first and Austin Rivers, the Clippers could easily top the Lakers’ offer. Clarkson is a decidedly mediocre starter, but the real issue is the lack of value in those two extremely late picks. Nowhere in that Lakers offer is a real building block—potentially the kind of building block that Indiana could draft with the pick DeAndre Jordan could fetch.
The most likely scenario is still that the Lakers end up with Paul George—but I expect that they’ll have to do better than Clarkson or Julius Randle packaged with two late first rounders.
The Clippers’ biggest offseason splash so far looks ahead to future splashes to come.
When asked whether he had reached out to Chris Paul yet to discuss free agency, West replied that he hadn’t, saying that it would be “premature” on his part to do so. However, he expressed his hope that CP3 would be a part of the Clippers future, pouring praise upon the Point God.
“I have unbelievable respect for him,” West said. “He’s one of those elite players that come along every once in a while... He’s been not only one of the best point guards in the league, but one of the best defenders at his position that I think I’ve ever seen.”
West echoed his comments from yesterday’s introductory press conference, saying that his first order of business was to try and help retain the Clippers’ three key free agents and that his role in LA would be similar to his previous gig in Golden State, now reporting to Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank.
West’s full interview is available below.
The Clippers have been weak at the wing positions for years now, and are perhaps shakier than ever going into this summer. Here are a few end-of-the-draft wing prospects who might be able to help them.
While the Clippers could use more point guard depth, the glaring weakness on their roster is at the wing positions (assuming Chris Paul and Blake Griffin return in free agency). Small forward has been a hole for the Clips throughout the entire Chris Paul era, and they might be at their lowest point right now heading into free agency. The only real wing on the roster is the underperforming Wes Johnson. Luc Mbah a Moute was terrific last season, but he’s 32 and a free agent. Draft picks such as Reggie Bullock, CJ Wilcox, and Branden Dawson have come and gone without making an impact. Paul Pierce has retired, and Alan Anderson might as well. The Clippers have some depth at shooting guard with Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers, but neither are starting level players, and the Clippers’ mainstay at the position, JJ Redick, is likely to leave in free agency. It’s time for some fresh blood.
The mid-late 2nd round and undrafted free agency is not a gold mine. The Clippers are not likely to pick up a star in that area, and even a rotation player would be a pleasant surprise. That said, plenty of solid players over the past few years have been found late in the draft, and this years’ draft is particularly deep in potential NBA players. Even if the players in question aren’t ready to play right away, the Clippers have room on their roster for another young player, especially with the two-way deals now in place. Also, as mentioned yesterday in my piece on point guards, the Clippers do need to fill out the D-League roster, and Summer League is a great place to try guys out. Without further ado, here are the wing players who might be available to the Clippers from the mid-2nd round on (through Draft Express’ top 80 players). As always, the numbers are the averages of the players’ last two seasons in college.
I wrote last week about how the most important stats to look at for college wings’ translation to the NBA are rebounds, assists, steals, turnovers, and age, with the first two being the most vital. Here is a look at the top performers in each category.
Top 5 turnovers (lowest): Robinson, Dotson, VJ Beachem, White, three-way tie for fifth (1.7 per game)
Expanding the list to top 5 (for a bigger wing class) meant most of the players were mentioned at least once. Only two players show up in three categories: Sindarius Thornwell and Malcolm Hill. Thornwell is a relatively famous college player, the 2017 SEC player of the year and the engine behind a fantastic South Carolina team that made it all the way to the Final Four. A good defensive player, Thornwell exploded in his senior year to become one of the best players in the country, trading in previously inefficient scoring for dynamite efficiency revolving around trips to the free throw line and three point shots. He’s a darling of many scouts and is one of the likeliest names on the list to be drafted higher than the middle of the second round. Hill, on the other hand, I haven’t heard much about, which seems odd. He’s statistically solid, and is one of the leading scorers in University of Illinois history. Hill is a solid if not great outside shooter, and gets to the line a decent amount. His rebounding and assist numbers, however, are quite good, and make him an intriguing prospect considering he’s unlikely to be drafted.
A bunch of players were in two of the categories, but there are a few I want to mention briefly. PJ Dozier is by far the youngest player in the whole group, and has fallen down draft boards of late. He’s an incredibly inefficient scorer, and his rebounding rate is anemic. However, he has solid steal and assist numbers, and his youth is a plus in his favor. Damyean Dotson reminds me of Dorian Finney-Smith statistically, a long-range bomber who pulls down tons of boards and doesn’t turn the ball over much… except Dotson was a better shooter by far in college. Finney-Smith was a legit rotation player at times for Dallas this past season, which could bode well for Dotson’s NBA chances as well. Finally, Sterling Brown is another player who came on strong his senior year, which isn’t always a good sign, but his game tape is excellent, and his peripheral stats are quite good.
Now here are the bottom performers in each category:
Bottom 5 rebounds: Peak, Dozier, Dorsey, Beachem, Brooks
Bottom 5 assists: Robinson, Beachem, White, Dotson, Burton
Bottom 5 steals: Robinson, Dorsey, Blossomgame, Dotson, Beachem
Bottom 5 turnovers (highest): Iwundu, Thornwell, Dozier, Brooks, Peak
Bottom 5 age (oldest): White, Blossomgame, Burton, Dotson, Thornwell
There are a lot of repeat names in here. Unfortunately, most of the players who were good at something up above also make the list down here—there’s a reason why none of these players are probably going to be drafted in the first round. VJ Beachem stands out as a particularly poor prospect, one whose chances of success lies almost entirely on his three point shot—he doesn’t seem to be strong at much else. Devin Robinson rebounded well, but his assist and steal rates were each the poorest in the entire group, a bad sign indeed. Dotson’s weaknesses are similar to Robinson’s, but less glaring, and his strengths are stronger. It’s really tough to say any of the prospects distinguish themselves that much, as there is just a hodge-podge of good and bad all swirled around together. A few of these players might stick around the NBA, but I see very few with the potential for anything more than rotation minutes, especially due to the advanced age of several of the better prospects.
“Blue-Chip” Prospects (Relatively): None
Solid Prospects: Sindarius Thornwell, Malcolm Hill, Sterling Brown
Avoid: VJ Beachem, Devin Robinson
The giant tarp behind his stool was covered in “Clippers.”
The microphone in his hand was adorned with “Clippers.”
The Pacific Division championship banners hanging in the distance read “Clippers.”
But his familiar twang was Lakers. His competitive stare was Lakers. His smooth, steely presence...