The Clippers lost their final game of the 2022 Summer League to the Heat, 86-83, after squandering an 18-point advantage and leading most of the game. As always, results don’t matter in Summer League, so here are some brief thoughts on key Clippers.
Brandon Boston: After his best game of Summer League, Boston may have had his worst, scoring just seven points on 2-11 shooting and missing all of his threes. He didn’t force the issue for much of the early game, and then pressed late, missing a bunch of contested shots. Nothing to really worry about, but a slightly disappointing end to a mostly promising Summer League.
Jay Scrubb: This was another box-score impressive game for Scrubb, who scored 16 points, pulled in six rebounds, and dished two assists. However, his scoring came on a fairly inefficient 7-17 night, as he was 1-5 from three and only got to the line once. He clearly has offensive skill, and has had some nice defensive moments in Summer League, especially taking charges, but his scoring inefficiency and complete lack of playmaking are huge hindrances towards him being an NBA player.
Xavier Moon: Moon continued his impressive Summer League, scoring 16 points on 6-11 shooting and providing steady ballhandling throughout. His size is an issue on both ends (he gets swallowed up around the rim on offense an unfortunate amount) but he is super quick, a competent playmaker, and has some scoring ability off the bounce. He’s probably a 3rd string point guard at the NBA level.
Jarrell Brantley: Brantley was probably the most consistently impressive Clippers player in Summer League besides Moussa Diabate. His numbers never jumped off the page, but he just knows how to play. He’s a good rebounder, he has some ballhandling chops, knows how to use his 6’7, 250 pound frame to good effect around the rim, and is a legitimately good passer. The three-point shot is an issue, but everything else is there for him to be a connecting forward type. Someone to keep an eye on for a training camp invite.
Reggie Perry: Perry had a nice game, scoring 16 points on 5-7 shooting while making both of his threes and all four free throws, and adding six rebounds and two assists. His shot is smooth, and he has some touch and finishing abilities around the rim. Unfortunately, his defense is very rough, and for an undersized big man he can’t move his feet on the perimeter well. I wouldn’t hate to see him in training camp, but unless he gets sharper defensively he’s probably not an NBA guy.
Cam Reynolds: Reynolds is another guy who’s been a consistent positive. He has the size (6’7), shooting stroke, and actual numbers across the NBA (small sample), G-League, and Europe to be confident about his shooting ability at the next level. The question is what else can he do, and in this one he did pull in four rebounds in 15 minutes as well as dish a couple assists. The Clippers are too loaded at wing to warrant a training camp invite probably, but he should get one from somewhere.
Everyone Else: Justin Bean had some nice rebounds, but was invisible otherwise. Michael Devoe and Keaton Wallace were likewise nondescript in their 30 combined minutes. Isiah Brown scored eight quick points in eight minutes and flashed some quickness, but the sample is impossibly small in Summer League. Trey McGowens played five minutes and logged one assist. Lucas Williamson didn’t play at all – he must either be injured or have been thoroughly unimpressive in practices.
Well, that’s a wrap on the Clippers’ 2022 Summer League. Leave thoughts on the game and the squad in general below!