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Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-08-21

Los Angeles Clippers Getting Inside 2009-08-21Mike Taylor's wild and enigmatic ride with the Los Angeles Clippers came to an end Friday. Taylor was waived after spending the 2008-09 season primarily as a backup to starting point guard Baron Davis.

Taylor showed flashes of brilliance while with the Clippers, including a 35-point performance versus the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 25. His total averages for the 2008-09 season included 5.7 points, 2.1 assists and 0.7 steals in 15.1 minutes in 51 games, including five starts.

However, Taylor also lacked focus during portions of games, as evidenced by his mindless forays to the basket that eventuated in turnovers or badly missed shots. This dearth of discipline relegated him back to the bench on a frequent basis and may have curtailed his own development and chance to make a real impact with the team.

The Clippers already took a chance on Taylor by deciding to overlook the problems he encountered while a member of the 2006-07 Iowa State squad. Even though he was dismissed from the team in July 2007 after several negative incidents involving the authorities -- including an arrest after being charged with vandalizing a campus apartment building -- the Clippers were enticed by the 16 points he averaged per game during that one season.

And Taylor's 14.5 points per game in 39 appearances for the Idaho Stampede during the 2007-08 NBA D-League season further convinced the Clippers to do what was necessary to get him onboard. Taylor was chosen 55th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers and became the first player ever to be drafted out of the D-League. He was then immediately swapped to the Clippers in exchange for their 2009 second-round draft pick.

With Taylor out of the picture, it's expected that newly-acquired Sebastian Telfair will see the majority of the backup minutes behind Davis. The Clippers believe Telfair will show the overall intelligence and maturity that usually eluded Taylor, while proving the team was correct in not pursuing Milwaukee Bucks free agent point guard Ramon Sessions.

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Added: August 21, 2009


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