Basic Information

Height: 6’9

Weight: 250 pounds

Position: Center/Power Forward

Age: 22 (turns 23 in August)

Years in NBA: Rookie

Key Stats: Averaged 3.5 points and 0.9 rebounds in 5.3 minutes per game across 12 NBA games on 43.8/45/100 shooting splits.

G-League Stats: Averaged 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.9 blocks in 31.3 minutes per game across 31 games played on 48.4/32.7/81 shooting splits.

Contract Status: Signed to a standard four-year rookie deal with team options in 2022 and 2023, earning $1.98M this season.

Expectations

Despite being a 1st round pick, Fi’s expectations were nearly non-existent this season. He was always projected to be a long-term prospect, and coming into a team that was nearly immediately thrust into conversation for the NBA championship, he was not in a position to play much. Overall expectations were for Fi to get some garbage time minutes in the NBA, maybe snag a couple games as a rotation player if there were heavy injuries, and spend most of the year down in the G-League.

Reality

Perhaps no player on the Clippers has had a 2020 season that more closely fit expectations than Kab. He only played in a handful of NBA games, all in utter garbage time, and was in Agua Caliente for the vast majority of the season. In his brief NBA appearances, he chucked the ball without regard, getting shots up nearly every time he touched the rock. Now, for a rookie in garbage time, that’s not unexpected, so there’s not really much to take away from it, but it was still enjoyable to watch.

In the G-League, Kab mostly played quite well, though he showed the same areas for improvement that were evident before the draft. These ultimately boil down to one thing: lack of awareness on both ends. On offense, Kab has very little court vision and is not adept at passing, mostly honing in on the basket and getting his shots up. He’s a willing defender on the other side of the court, but is prone to jumping too early and being out of position for help defense. Essentially, while he has the athleticism, frame, and shooting of an NBA player, the instincts and actual tangible abilities aren’t there yet.

Future with Clippers

Nothing has really changed from the draft a year ago. Mfiondu is still a long-term prospect with good upside, but not one close to reaching it. The Clippers, presumably, are in for the long haul with Fi, though it’s possible he gets shopped in a win-now move if a good one coms along. With the Clippers having four big men free agents this summer (Montrezl Harrell, Marcus Morris, Patrick Patterson, and potentially JaMychal Green), there could be more space for Kab next season. It’s likely he will be around for the ride, so hopefully he takes a step forward from “intriguing prospect” to “bonafide NBA Player” in 2021.