The start of NBA training camps are just around the corner, which means our player previews are starting next week. Here’s a look at the Clippers’ 2023 training camp roster, and what to look for from different players as we get into training camp and then preaseason.
These are players well into their careers who have literally nothing to prove in training camp. In their late 20s to mid-30s, the only thing to watch out for is if they play, and monitoring their health if not. Outside of Kawhi Leonard, every one of these guys should be good to go, and even Kawhi might be ready for training camp, though no sure-fire report has suggested one way or the other.
The Young Vets
The Clippers’ group of players in their mid-20s are all on their second (or in the case of Ivica Zubac, third) contracts and are established in the NBA to some extent. However, outside of Zubac, these are players whose spots in the rotation are not certain. It’s very possible only one of Mann, Kennard, and Coffey is in the rotation when the Clippers are fully healthy, and while most people have penciled in Mann, training camp and preseason will help the coaching staff determine who has a leg up. These are also players who are still young enough to be developing new skills and abilities, so some things to keep an eye on are Luke’s ballhandling, Terance’s three-point shot, Zu’s passing, and Coffey’s defense.
The Young Guys
The Clippers’ three first- and second-year players will almost assuredly not be in the Clippers’ healthy rotation his year. However, they do have guaranteed deals, and are therefore near locks to make the Clippers’ roster (Boston Jr. is a complete lock). Still, it’s important for them to show off what they’ve been working on this summer, even if their efforts don’t result in a move up the rotation charts. How’s Brandon’s decision-making? Is his improved strength good against NBA players, or was that Summer League only? Can Jason Preston launch from deep to create room for driving lanes? How’s Moussa’s ability to read the floor on both ends? The three of these guys should all see plenty of minutes in preseason and get in lots of scrimmage time in training camp, and hopefully stand out.
Brandon Boston Jr.
The Training Camp Guys
The two favorites for the Clippers’ final roster spots going into the 2023 training camp are center Moses Brown and point guard Xavier Moon. Both players are eligible for two-way deals, so they could be signed to that contract or a regular deal for the 15th spot on the roster. Brown has played more minutes in the NBA, but nearly all for horrible teams, and they’ve uniformly been worse with him on the court. Moon has very little NBA experience, but is older and a more seasoned pro with an established floor. Brown fills more of a need, as the Clippers have just two true big men, and one of them is Diabate, a second-round rookie. If he looks like he can give the Clippers at least semi-competent minutes as a reserve in a pinch, that two-way spot might be his. But the Clippers aren’t super deep at point guard either, with two aging vets in Wall and Jackson and the green Preston, so Moon makes sense as a veteran third-stringer too.
The Exhibit 10 Players
I think these guys are still coming to camp? The Clippers signed all three rookies to Exhibit 10 deals shortly after the 2022 NBA Draft. However, they barely played in Summer League, and when they did play, they didn’t look great (Williamson was the best, but played the least minutes). It would have been long shots for any of them to make the roster, but considering the summer league and lack of talk around any of them, it’s questionable whether they’ll even be at camp. For these guys, any preseason minutes to have on film tape for international teams would be helpful, though the Exhibit 10s (if they aren’t waived before) would give incentive to join the Ontario Clippers.