The Clippers have announced their 2024 Summer League roster as well as their schedule for the Las Vegas Summer League.

The Clippers will play:

  • Friday July 12 at 7 PM against the Nuggets on NBA TV
  • Sunday July 14 at 1 PM against the Nets on ESPN+
  • Tuesday July 16 at 7 PM against the Bucks on ESPN2
  • Thursday July 18 at 7 PM against the Jazz on NBA TV
  • Future games tbd

With that out of the way, here’s a quick breakdown of the Summer League team.

The Roster Guys

Cam Christie – I wrote a lot about Christie when the Clippers took him in the draft a couple weeks ago. He’s a fantastic shooter, and I would expect that to translate right away. I will be curious to see how he looks on defense against bigger, more athletic competition than he’s used to, and also how much he’ll be able to do on offense outside of hit threes. He’s very young, so a strong positive performance would be fantastic to see, but not necessarily expected.

Kobe Brown – The 30th pick in the 2023 draft, Kobe shockingly appeared in 44 games for the Clippers in his rookie season, albeit most of those being in garbage time. In his time in the G-League, Kobe flashed his overall game, logging impressive rebound and assist numbers for a forward while taking 5.5 threes per game and shooting 33.3%. He is going to be too strong for a lot of SL defenders, so I don’t really care about his bully-ball – I want to see three-point shooting, playmaking, and ability to control the game at a lower level. That can help show he’s ready to be in the big leagues, full-time.

Jordan Miller – Miller was taken with the 48th pick in last year’s draft, and spent most of the season in the G-League, where he had an excellent rookie campaign. Miller has the size and tools to be a plus defender, and took a lot more threes in the G than he did in college, so I’d love to see all of that stand out in Summer League. Regardless of his results, I want to see him shoot a ton of threes and be more aggressive in attacking off the dribble. If he can flash more of an offensive game, he could make a case for a promotion to the full roster. I liked Jordan Miller as a pick and he was very good last year for Ontario, so I hope he shows out here.

Other Guys with NBA Experience

Moussa Diabate – This is a big Summer League for Moussa. He was of course selected with the 43rd pick by the Clippers back in 2022, but has played in just 33 NBA games and 259 total minutes in his two professional seasons. We know the deal with Moussa – he’s energetic and flashes defensive ability at time, especially on the perimeter, but doesn’t do a whole lot on offense nor provides traditional big man skills as a somewhat undersized big. It would be great to see an improvement in in offensive skills and comfort level in this summer league – if he plays well, Moussa could still earn another two-way with the Clippers or another team. If he doesn’t stand out, it might be the G-League full time or overseas for Moussa.

Amari Bailey – Bailey was the 41st pick in last year’s draft, but was not kept by the Hornets after serving in a two-way role for them. Bailey appeared in just 10 NBA games, seemingly all in garbage time, so it’s not worth taking too much from his stats. I liked Bailey as a prospect out of UCLA, and he’s just 20 years old, so there’s plenty of time for him to develop. I think Bailey could be a solid defender at the NBA level, but he was not a very efficient scorer or a positive playmaker in the G League. This is a solid flier on a guy who was a top-level prospect just a couple years ago, and I’m very curious to see how he plays.

Terry Taylor – Taylor is the guy with by far the most NBA experience on the Clippers’ Summer League team, having played in 95 NBA games across three seasons with the Pacers and Bulls. A 6’4, 230 pound bowling ball of a player, Taylor is a good rebounder and solid defender who has one big issue – he can’t shoot from three. Taylor has played actual NBA rotation minutes and is still 24 years old, so he’d definitely be an interesting flier depending on his showing.

Trevor Hudgins – Hudgins played 28 minutes across 5 games for the Rockets two years ago, about as little NBA experience as possible. Hudgins is 25 years old, and is a 6 foot, 180 pound point guard who played for Le Mans in the LNB Pro A league in France last year. Hudgins averaged 13 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in 25.9 minutes per game across 24 games, but most interestingly shot 41% from deep while taking 7.6 threes per contest. That level of shooting from a point guard will always be intriguing to me, the question is what else will Hudgins add.

The Rest

Trentyn Flowers – Flowers has been signed to some kind of a deal by the Clippers, probably an Exhibit 10. He is just 19 years old, and decommitted from a scholarship at Louisville to play in the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia for the Adelaide 36ers. Flowers, a 6’7, 201 pound wing who can really jump, barely played for Adelaide, and averaged just 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. The size and raw athleticism is there, but nearly everything basketball related needs work for Flowers, who is the definition of a long-term prospect.

Elijah Harkless – Harkless is a 6’3, 195 pound guard who actually played for the Ontario Clippers last year, though he only played in seven games and did not log a ton of minutes. In college, Harkless played five seasons across Cal State Northridge, Oklahoma, and UNLV, with his last season at UNLV being his only truly notable campaign. Quite honestly, outside of that year at UNLV, nothing about Harkless’ numbers makes him seem like a true NBA prospect, though he is a good defensive player.

RayJ Dennis – Dennis is a 23 year old who has signed an Exhibit 10 deal to bring him into training camp. Dennis played in college for five years split across Boise State, Toledo, and Baylor. A 6’2 180 pound point guard, Dennis is a traditional ballhandler who can make some nice passes but was not a great shooter or scorer in college. The Clippers have so many guards I can’t imagine he gets more than a passing look.

Josh Bannan – Bannan is a 23 year old forward who played three years at Montana before going back to Australia last year to play for the Brisbane Bullets in the NBL. He played 19 games for Brisbane, averaging 11.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 29 minutes per game. At 6’10, Bannan plays more like a traditional big forward, and can pass the ball, but might not be athletic enough for the NBA.

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