The Clippers have 14 full roster spots and one of their two-way spots filled, leaving a single roster spot and one two-way available. Usually Summer League teams are filled with guys that teams are at least considering for those final spots, and the Clippers are no different, with Amir Coffey being a recent-ish example of someone leaping from Summer League to two-way to the full-time roster. Here’s a look at the Clippers’ 2022 Summer League roster broken down into guys who are signed to their roster, Exhibit 10 contracts (easy to convert to a two-way and with a $50K incentive to join the Agua Caliente Clips), players with NBA experience, and others.
The Roster Players
Brandon Boston – Boston is probably the player who Clippers fans are most excited to see in the 2022 Summer League. After showing tantalizing flashes in his rookie season, Boston should be in a position to dominate Summer League. His size, scoring ability, and aggression will hopefully lead to some big (and efficient) scoring outbursts, but my hope is that he’s able to leverage that scoring into playmaking for others. If all goes right, Boston will look too good for the competition.
Jason Preston – Preston was mostly unimpressive at last year’s Clippers Summer League, and it would be disappointing to see a similar outing in 2022. While he has no NBA or even G-League experience under his belt, he does have a year of training, practicing, and strengthening at the NBA level, which will hopefully translate to more confident and aggressive play. Ideally Preston will look under control and run the Summer League team with aplomb while still creating looks for himself.
Moussa Diabate – The Clippers’ sole drafted rookie is a raw force on both ends of the court. This can look both good and bad in a more unstructured environment like Summer League. Diabate will probably have some thunderous dunks in transition and on the offensive glass as well as ferocious blocks, but will also commit a million fouls and have some sloppy turnovers. Look for Moussa’s athleticism to shine – if he doesn’t appear to be a superlative athlete, it will be a bad sign.
Exhibit 10 Guys
Lucas Williamson – Williamson is a 23-year-old guard from University of Loyola Chicago who earned numerous accolades in college, most prominently two Defensive Player of the Year Awards in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). Intriguingly, Williamson upped his shooting significantly his last season, taking 5.7 threes per game and making them at a 39% clip. If he can translate that shooting to the NBA level, he should be a real, legit 3 and D guy, as the defense seems like a lock to be good. Much more on him on the latest TLTJTP podcast episode.
Michael Devoe – Devoe is a 22-year-old guard from Georgia Tech whose main attribute is shooting. He averaged 4.9 three point attempts across his college career and shot 39.3% on them, with many of those attempts being more difficult ones off movement or the dribble. Devoe is a smooth scorer, averaging around 16.5 points across his last three seasons in college, and an efficient one. His lack of athleticism means he probably won’t be able to get downhill much in the NBA, but he has nice handles, footwork, and shooting stroke, and at 6’5 has very nice size for a guard. An interesting candidate to replace Jay Scrubb as a score-first two-way guy.
Justin Bean – Despite being a rookie, Bean is “ancient”, as he turns 26 in November. If he was even a couple of years younger, he probably would have been drafted, as his numbers at Utah State were pretty monstrous. He scored efficiently, pulled in double-digit rebounds as a 6’7 forward, and was a plus on defense. We have more on him in the aforementioned podcast, but his ability to play off-ball and do the little things will presumably make him a Summer League favorite.
Jay Scrubb – After serving as the Clippers’ second two-way player the past two seasons, Scrubb is now on the outside of the roster looking in, as the Clippers didn’t tender him a qualifying offer. Thus, if Scrubb wants to stay in the NBA, even if not with the Clippers, a strong 2022 Summer League showing is imperative. He can score, but can he do so efficiently, and can he contribute in other ways? These were questions entering the NBA, and they remain such now. For his sake, hopefully Scrubb shines in this stage.
Xavier Moon – Moon is the oldest player on the roster, as he’s more than seven years older than Diabate. While he hasn’t played much in the NBA, Moon is more or less a known commodity. Maybe he can flash more three-point shooting or downhill capabilities, but for the Clippers’ purposes he can hopefully just help the offense run smoothly and help other players shine.
Jarrell Brantley – Brantley was a second-round pick by the Jazz in 2019 and played in 37 regular season and 4 playoff games for them the next two seasons (spending most of his time in the G-League) before being waived in 2021. Last year he played in the Ukraine, G-League, and Spain. A bigger forward at 6’7, 250 pounds, Brantley’s inconsistent shooting has been an issue for him, though at age 26 a breakout isn’t likely. Still, he had a great 2020 season in the G, and could be someone to keep an eye on.
Reggie Perry – Perry is another large forward who was selected late in the second round, but by the Nets in 2020. He played 26 games for them his rookie season before getting waived, and played 10 games last year in the NBA, mostly for the tanking Trail Blazers. Perry is a good rebounder, but his outside shot is more non-existent than inconsistent, and he can’t create. He’s more of a power forward, and at age 22 is still a real prospect.
Cam Reynolds – Yet another forward, Cam is only a month younger than Moon, making him a non-prospect at age 27. He’s played 24 NBA games across the Timberwolves, Rockets, and Spurs, and was also signed to a two-way deal by the Bucks though he never appeared in any NBA games for them. Clearly good enough to be on the fringes of the NBA, Reynolds is a solid shooter who doesn’t offer a ton else, and probably isn’t a candidate to make the Clippers’ final two-way spot.
Isiah Brown – Brown is an undrafted guard in the 2021 class who played at Northwestern Grand Canyon, and Weber State Universities. He averaged 17.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3 assists in his senior season at Weber before playing for Achilleas Kaimakliou in Cyprus last year, where he averaged 21.9 points and 5.2 assists. None of that competition is great, so I really have no idea how Brown’s skills will translate to Summer League. Behind Preston and Moon at point guard, Brown probably won’t play a ton for the Clips.
Trey McGowens – McGowens went undrafted in the 2022 Draft as a defense-first starter at Nebraska. He shot decently from three, albeit on extremely low volume, and was an inefficient scorer. He did average a good amount of steals and has decent size for a guard at 6’4, but probably isn’t large or strong enough to cover wings, making his defense less versatile.
Keaton Wallace – Wallace was a fairly high-octane scorer for University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) for four years (16.6 points per game across his career) before going undrafted in 2021. He played for Agua Caliente last year, averaging 18.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.6 steals, albeit on fairly low efficiency. Still, those numbers as a rookie are fairly impressive, and Wallace can certainly shoot it (41.5% from deep on 4.6 attempts and 82.3% from the line on 2.0 attempts). The Clippers obviously must have liked what they saw from Keaton, so he’s someone to keep an eye on.