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Reggie Bullock college stats last season PPG RPG APG 3P% PER 13.9 6.5 2.9 .436 23.7 For the second straight off-season, the Los Angeles Clippers managed to keep their core...
Reggie Bullock college stats last season PPG RPG APG 3P% PER 13.9 6.5 2.9 .436 23.7 For the second straight off-season, the Los Angeles Clippers managed to keep their core intact, while at the same time making some significant roster changes. The Clippers have six new faces with guaranteed contracts -- and a seventh could make the team in training camp, essentially turning over half the roster. Hopefully that's a good thing, assuming the changes are adding missing elements to a team that was good, but not quite good enough last season. A recurring theme in the off-season changes was perimeter shooting, and it all started with the 25th pick in the June draft. The Clippers grabbed Reggie Bullock from the University of North Carolina, a 6'7 small forward who made .436 of his three pointers during his junior season. There were a few decent looking prospects to chose from when the Clippers were on the clock -- but as of draft night, they were pretty pleased with landing Bullock. A few weeks later during summer league in Las Vegas, they were even more pleased. In a fortnight of competition that was noteworthy primarily for the rookies who looked awful (it was sophomores like Jonas Valanciunas and Kent Bazemore who played best), Bullock was one of the few first round picks to outperform expectations. Bullock averaged 18 points per game in Vegas and looked very comfortable in doing so. It won't be easy for a rookie to make a contribution on a top team, and the Clippers are very deep on the wing, making it even less likely that Bullock will get much burn. However, he does have a couple of things working in his favor in terms of being ready to play. For one thing, he stayed in Chapel Hill for three full seasons, something of a rarity for first round picks these days, so he's a mature 22, as opposed to the usual 20 year old rook. For another, during his freshman season with the Tar Heels, he shared the court with four first round picks in the 2011 draft -- so he understands playing a role on a very good team. Unlike most rookies, who arrive with no idea how to be anything other than the focal point on a basketball court, Bullock has done the dirty work, been the defensive stopper, played off the ball. He did it in college, and he can easily step into a 3-D role with the Clippers, working hard on the defensive end and shooting open threes, without getting many touches on offense. Unfortunately, Bullock has been nursing a sore knee in training camp, so we've yet to see him in pre-season, even on the practice court. Hopefully that will change soon. With so many solid, experienced wings ahead of him in the rotation, it remains unlikely that Bullock is going to get off the bench a lot. Of course he provides injury depth, and he'll no doubt get a few chances to show what he can do when other players are out. It's also possible that he could register some minutes in small ball lineups, when the Clippers put Jared Dudley or Matt Barnes at the four. Bullock will get some chances this season. If he plays good defense and hits threes when those chances come, more will follow. If the Clippers are lucky, they may have found a guy who can contribute to a very good team for several years to come.
about 2 hours ago
Mar 15, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward JaMychal Green (1) at the practise before the second round of the 2012 NCAA men Per press release the Los Angeles Clippers have released guard Mustapha Farrakhan and forward...
Mar 15, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward JaMychal Green (1) at the practise before the second round of the 2012 NCAA men Per press release the Los Angeles Clippers have released guard Mustapha Farrakhan and forward JaMychal Green after briefs stints in the preseason opener versus the Portland Trailblazers. The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have waived Mustapha Farrakhan and JaMychal Green. The Clippers roster now stands at 16 players. Farrakhan played seven minutes in last night’s 89-81 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, while Green had three rebounds in four minutes of action. Farrakhan has spent the last two seasons in the NBA D-League with the Bakersfield Jam, Idaho Stampede, Sioux Falls Sky Force and Iowa Energy. In 72 career games (20 starts), he has averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. Farrakhan started the 2012-13 season with the Milwaukee Bucks, appearing in three preseason games for the Bucks before being released prior to the start of the regular season. He was the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Development League by the Jam. The 6’4” 175-pound guard played collegiately at the University of Virginia for four seasons. He averaged 13.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 31 games his senior season. Green was a member of the Clippers 2013 Summer League team in Las Vegas. In four games (all starts), he averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds in 21.3 minutes of action. The Montgomery, Ala. native participated in training camp with the San Antonio Spurs prior to the 2012-13 season. The 6’8”, 240-pound forward spent all of last season with the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League, averaging 12.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 40 games (25 starts). An undrafted forward out of Alabama, Green averaged 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks his final season for the Crimson Tide en route to being named All-SEC First Team. With only fifteen roster spots available for the preseason, the last spot is up for grabs. Lou Amundson has the best chance to make the team as he competes with Maalik Wayns and undrafted rookie Brandon Davies for the spot. Clippers Release JaMychal Green and Mustapha Farrakhan - Fully Clips - Fully Clips - A Los Angeles Clippers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
about 11 hours ago
Practice Report -- Oct. 8, 2013
Practice Report -- Oct. 8, 2013
about 12 hours ago
Rivers reviews tape on flight home from Portland, Ore., after the first exhibition game. He says players have bought into the system but it is their timing that needs the most work. It wasn't long after the Clippers had boarded their fli...
Rivers reviews tape on flight home from Portland, Ore., after the first exhibition game. He says players have bought into the system but it is their timing that needs the most work. It wasn't long after the Clippers had boarded their flight from Portland, Ore., to Los Angeles that Coach Doc Rivers began reviewing the tape from his team's first exhibition game against the Trail Blazers on Monday night.
about 14 hours ago
Following participation in training camp and the Clippers' first pre-season game last night, Mustapha Farrakhan and JaMychal Green were cut by the Clippers today. I suspect that they were only ever signed so that the Clippers could laug...
Following participation in training camp and the Clippers' first pre-season game last night, Mustapha Farrakhan and JaMychal Green were cut by the Clippers today. I suspect that they were only ever signed so that the Clippers could laugh as I attempted to spell their names. Green was 0-1 with 3 rebounds in 5 minutes last night. Farrakhan played 7 minutes and failed to register any stats besides 0-2 shooting, including one ugly airball that prompted jeers from the Portland crowd. I don't want to seem harsh, but these two guys never had a chance to make the team. They knew it coming in. It was more a matter of experience for them as they will now likely head either to the D-League or overseas. And they get a nice little check for their week with the team. Now, the Clippers are down to Maalik Wayns, Lou Amundson, and Brandon Davies on non-guaranteed contracts.
about 15 hours ago
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have waived Mustapha Farrakhan and JaMychal Green. The Clippers roster now stands at 16 players.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have waived Mustapha Farrakhan and JaMychal Green. The Clippers roster now stands at 16 players.
about 17 hours ago
Okay, maybe more than a few. Felt a strong confidence dip, as the squad showed that they have some flaws. I'm shocked, shocked, I say. Good reality check. Even more sobering to read the Zach Lowe preview this morning, where he has the Cl...
Okay, maybe more than a few. Felt a strong confidence dip, as the squad showed that they have some flaws. I'm shocked, shocked, I say. Good reality check. Even more sobering to read the Zach Lowe preview this morning, where he has the Clippers in the second tier and behind the Grizzlies, and I could only nod my head and say he's not wrong about what the issues with the team are. But we'll see. DJ was the headliner, and we got to see him react to all of this bluster and confidence-building. It was fun, but it's hardly sustainable, and even during the game we saw a dip as Robin Lopez, getting badly punked in the first 6 minutes, asserted himself and played tough and cleaned up a lot of offensive glass (and what about Sideshow's little free throw move, where he faces the bench with one foot in and one foot out of the circle, then turns and takes the ball and fires it up with no touch or finesse.) There's plenty of film for DJ to look at about positioning and reacting, if you fast forward past the highlight reel plays. He has said repeatedly that he only cares about defense and rebounding first, second, and third, but you could tell that his ease and success on offense turned his head a little bit, and he lost a tad of energy and focus on defense. He tried to do stuff on offense a couple of times, which isn't bad, but in the cases where nothing was there right away it'd be better for him to move the ball and get some flow going. But his conditioning was phenomenal. It was pretty amusing to see Mike Smith turn his Maggette mancrush goggles towards DJ, pushed giddily along by Ralph. Lopez can't shoot like his brother, but he isn't chopped liver when it comes to 5 spot athleticism, and DJ showed that he's at a higher level, that he has Dwight Howard chops at this point. DJ's ability to run the floor and make plays was mostly highlighted, however, by the comparison to the plodding Mulligan. But we'll get to that in a second. Sigh. Solid A, however, on the most important element of the game: DJ's free throws and stroke. Missed the A+ when the 5th one didn't go. The adjustment is that he's doing a single dribble, and getting right into it. Maybe it short-cuts thinking about it. But combined with the blocks and rebounds and strong finishes, it adds up to a stunning display of firepower. Getting off to a fast start, putting made shots in the bank so that he can afford some misses, is crucial, and this was beyond hopes and expectations. Just showing an ability to make 4 in a row at all makes a big difference, completely the other side of the coin to the weakness of missing them in big bunches. DJ's preseason FT percentage is a big issue for the Clips. And Griffin seemed to be stalling for a half-beat at the top of his motion, but they went in. The Clips shot 83% from the stripe, and that included a missed T by Darren Collison, who stepped up instead of Crawford. The Mulligan certainly lived up to his name, didn't he? Let's just do that one over. When they go in we're going to love this guy, but last night, not so much. You can't say it's a lost cause after one preseason game, because shooters have to find game rhythm. It was funny how Milph got into the whole thing about what ever happened to taking it easy over the summer and showing up to training camp to get in shape? Ralph piped in that it wasn't that long ago that things were that way. The very high level of conditioning evidenced by DJ is a huge difference maker, and it was reminiscent of FElton's stunning leap before the O5-06 campaign. None of the shooters, Dudley, Crawford, and even the magnificent Willie Green looked especially sharp from deep. I think part of the problem for Mullens was on the catch. He was wide open but he put the ball up quickly and didn't seem to have a clean grip very often. It was kind of nice to see him pass up the shot in the second half more than a few times. The issue is that other side of the coin from DJ's fast start free throw shooting: Mully's a
about 20 hours ago
The Clippers get digital in NBA 2K14.
The Clippers get digital in NBA 2K14.
about 20 hours ago
Beginning his second season with the Los Angeles Clippers, let's take a moment to remember the oft-forgotten man, Willie Green. The Clippers picked up Green last July 30 in an inexpensive sign-and-trade with the Hawks that cost L.A. the ...
Beginning his second season with the Los Angeles Clippers, let's take a moment to remember the oft-forgotten man, Willie Green. The Clippers picked up Green last July 30 in an inexpensive sign-and-trade with the Hawks that cost L.A. the rights to Sofoklis Schortsianitis, aka My Big Fat Greek Center. And since MBFGC has long since fallen out of the team's future plans, it really cost them nothing. Green had been a teammate of Chris Paul's in New Orleans, and the deal looked like one of those GM-CP3 things, Paul running the team, filling the roster with familiar faces. Green was 11th on the team in salary (making a smidge more than the NBA minimum, less than the amnestied Ryan Gomes) and either fifth or sixth on the backcourt depth chart in training camp, not expected to play much. In fact, he was the opening day starter as the Clippers awaited the return of Chauncey Billups, and he started 60 of 82 games for the team. He was the starter in 14 games of the Clippers 17 franchise-record 17 game winning streak. Of the 22 games he didn't start, he didn't even appear in 10 of them -- and was reduced to garbage time minutes in the most of the others. By leap-frogging from third string to starter, Green allowed coach Vinny Del Negro to keep Jamal Crawford in his preferred sixth man role where he is so devastatingly effective. So Green stayed ready. He was the starter throughout November -- then moved to the end of the bench a month into the season when Billups returned. When Billups was injured again three games later, Green stepped right back into the starting lineup. And all he did as a starter was shoot 46% from the field, 43% on his three pointers, while playing solid defense. He was absolutely deadly on corner threes all season long, among the best in the entire NBA. He never took a bad shot, rarely turned the ball over, just didn't make mistakes. And he'd even surprise us from time to time with a monster jam, joining in the Lob City fun. As the regular season was winding down with Billups rehabbing yet another injury, the idea of sticking Billups back into the starting lineup for the playoffs became increasingly worrisome to me. After all, Green had been the starter for three fourths of the season, and the Clippers had played very well with him out there. Still, given Billups stature and reputation (and knowing that Del Negro was unlikely to confront that reputation head on) it was clear that he'd be out there if he was healthy enough. Sure enough, Billups was the starter against the Grizzlies -- and it was a disaster as he shot poorly and was thoroughly outplayed by Tony Allen. Could Green have done better? We can't know for certain, but he could hardly have done worse. The Clippers picked up Green's option this summer -- and given what a bargain he was last year, it's no wonder. But even with Billups gone and Grant Hill and Caron Butler out of the wing rotation as well, Green once again entered training camp pretty far down the depth chart. The Clippers added J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley and Darren Collison, while drafting Reggie Bullock and re-signing Matt Barnes -- all with Crawford still in the mix. Pretty much all of those guys can play in the backcourt, once again pushing Green to the end of the bench. Yet in the first pre-season game of the season, it was Green who played by far the most minutes. With Redick resting a sore leg, Green stepped into the starting two guard spot as he did 60 times last season. Then when it was time to bring in the second unit, Green stayed on the floor and shifted over to small forward with both Barnes and Bullock sitting out with injuries. All by himself, Green allowed Doc Rivers to keep his first and second units as close to their true makeup as possible despite some key missing pieces. Green is the NBA equivalent of the utility infielder in baseball -- he will play any perimeter position and do a yeoman's job. Was he overmatched defending Nicolas Batum last night, giving away five in
about 22 hours ago
They don't hand out the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award six minutes into the first pre-season game, but if they did, then all of Doc Rivers' off-season praise for DeAndre Jordan is completely justified. Midway through the first ...
They don't hand out the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award six minutes into the first pre-season game, but if they did, then all of Doc Rivers' off-season praise for DeAndre Jordan is completely justified. Midway through the first quarter of Monday night's pre-season opening win for the Los Angeles Clippers in Portland against the Blazers, Jordan had accumulated two steals, three rebounds and three blocked shots -- not to mention seven points. Those are per 36 averages of 42 points, 18 rebounds, 18 blocks and 12 steals -- wow, I guess he really is as good as Doc says. Seriously, Rivers has been heaping praise on Jordan since taking the head coaching job, up to and through calling him "by far the best player" in training camp last week. It's a blatant ploy to build up DJ's confidence, but as transparent as the strategy is, you have to allow for two possibilities: (1) Doc might sincerely believe in Jordan and (2) the strategy could really work since confidence is such an important part of performance. Watching DJ in Portland Monday, you couldn't help but be impressed. He finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals in just 21 total minutes and was indeed the proverbial best player on the court. Defensively it wasn't just the blocks and the steals -- he was a disruptive presence in the middle of the defense whenever he was on the court, which is exactly what Rivers wants him to be. He even made four out of five free throws -- don't count on that all season, but it was still nice to see. The Clippers starters (with Willie Green filling in for the very slightly injured J.J. Redick at shooting guard) were in complete control of the game whenever they were on the court. Jordan, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Jared Dudley all had plus/minus scores in the twenties -- and that was despite a rather lackluster performance from Griffin and nothing too special from Paul. Sadly, as good as the starters were, the non-starters were about as bad -- in fact, every bench player except for Ryan Hollins had a plus/minus in negative territory. But of course it's just pre-season, and the Blazers were without LaMarcus Aldridge, so let's not get ahead of ourselves, either with the praise or with the criticism. It's amazing how much this game simply confirmed what we already suspected about this Clippers team. If the team has a weakness, it is in the front court reserves. Byron Mullens shot 2-10, including 1-7 from beyond the arc. When they said he could shoot three-pointers, I assumed it meant more than simply attempting them -- I figured it meant that a reasonable number of them would actually go in. Antawn Jamison looked decent on offense, making 3-5 -- but is going to struggle to defend anyone. Hollins is what he is, no more and no less, and we know all about him from last season: let's hope the Clippers can do better. Lou Amundson played some garbage time minutes and did Lou Amundson things -- he hustled his way into a bunch of offensive rebounds, and then proceeded to miss a bunch of bunnies and turn the ball over looking bad in the process: he's all hustle and no skill. Brandon Davies caught an alley-oop for a dunk and worked hard, but is undersized and underskilled to be much help. Mullens is a real mystery to me. Or rather the mystery is what the coaching staff is saying to him in practice. It certainly appeared that the offensive sets were designed to get him open three pointers. But at the same time, any opponent that has access to statistics knows that he's 30% from out there on his career -- so you don't really have to run anything to get him open, he'll be open based on the fact that he's standing 24 feet from the basket. So when he goes back to the huddle after missing six of seven threes, are Rivers and Alvin Gentry saying to him "keep shooting that, we love that shot, we want that shot" or are they saying "WTF B.J.?" Stretch bigs need to do more than stand on the perimeter and shoot -- they have to make
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