Our exit interview series at 213 Hoops continues with a look at the 2022 season of second-year two-way player Jay Scrubb.
Years in the NBA: 2
Key Stats: 2.7 points per game, 0.9 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 6.7 minutes per game with shooting splits of 39.1/28.6/70.0 across 18 games played
When the Clippers drafted Jay Scrubb in the second round of the 2020 draft, he was considered a possible steal. He was considered the No. 1 junior college player in the country and was committed to Louisville before he decided to bypass Division 1 basketball and enter the NBA draft.
Unfortunately for him, his rookie season was cut short due to an injury and he didn’t make his Clippers debut until the very end of the regular season. In the last two games of the 2021-22 season though, Scrubb showed flashes of the type of dynamic scoring guard that fans had envisioned him to be.
Against the Houston Rockets on May 14, Scrubb put up 17 points and six rebounds in about 39 minutes of play as a starter. He followed that up with 14 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes, this time off the bench. He played a few garbage time minutes in the 2021 playoffs but his end to the season gave fans hopes that a fully healthy Scrubb could possibly earn a regular spot in the rotation.
This season, Scrubb spent most of his time in the G League with the Agua Caliente Clippers as part of his two-way contract. Because of his injury as a rookie, he didn’t participate in the G League bubble and so this really was his first extended minutes as a pro. He continued to show his ability as a scorer to the tune of 19.8 points per game in 10 games with Agua Caliente while shooting 46.4 percent from the field.
Unfortunately for Scrubb, his second year was yet again shortened when he was ruled out of the season in early February with a foot injury. In the few opportunities he did get with the Clippers this season, he started to make strides on the defensive end, something the coaching staff has asked him to do.
He was instrumental in one of the Clippers best games of the season against the Washington Wizards in late January when they found themselves trailing by 30+ points. They rallied back to win and Scrubb was part of the lineup that got them back into the game. He had eight points on 3-4 shooting, four rebounds and played solid defense on the Wizards wings.
Future with Clippers
Scrubb heads into the 2022 offseason as a restricted free agent. He has a qualifying offer of $1,576,305 and there isn’t much indication yet as to what the Clippers’ plans are. There’s no doubt that Scrubb can be a capable bench scorer in the NBA. He’s also improved his defense enough to be effective on that end. He just hasn’t had the chance to show what he can do for an extended period of time due to some unfortunate luck with injuries.
As a third-year player, Scrubb is still eligible to be signed to a two-way contract and perhaps the third time’s the charm for the Clippers. It’s likely he’ll suit up for their summer league team in Las Vegas next month and he’ll probably be competing against a few other players for one of the two-way spots. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him back with the Clippers next season but it also wouldn’t be surprising to see them opt to move in a different direction.