With the Clippers’ season over, we’re breaking it down player by player, reviewing our pre-season expectations for each and considering their future with the team going forward. Next up is Jay Scrubb, redshirt rookie.
Weight: 220 pounds
Years in NBA: 1
Key Stats: 4 games, 1 start, 84 minutes, 35 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 7 turnovers, 38.9% FG, 22.2% 3PT
Contract Status: Scrubb played the 2020-21 season on a two-way contract. His status for 2021-22 is undecided.
None, or close to it. The former National Junior College Player of the Year and 55th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft underwent foot surgery prior to the start of the season. With no college basketball experience above the JUCO level, Scrubb was a raw prospect in the most extreme sense of the term. The Clippers selected Scrubb with the long view in mind, throwing him into the player development machine that now has Terance Mann on its résumé.
Scrubb recovered from surgery to appear in just four regular season games before making eight token appearances in postseason garbage time. In those appearances, Scrubb showed little that would change pre-draft evaluations.
Future With Clippers
It was apparent from early on that Scrubb would effectively take a medical redshirt season. That the Clippers reserved a two-way spot for him during a pandemic year that elevated the value of depth reveals a measure of optimism. Scrubb is a lottery scratcher, but one the Clippers seem to believe will return a moderate bounty.
There’s little we can divine from Scrubb’s limited professional game film and statistical profile. Whatever the Clippers have learned about him so far will have been learned largely out of the public eye. Look for his summer league involvement to be an indicator of his current standing. With a strong performance, Scrubb can earn himself another season in the Clippers’ pipeline, perhaps on another two-way contract that will allow him a full developmental year in the G-League.
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