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Los Angeles Clippers Roster Report 2009-09-18


Los Angeles Clippers Roster Report 2009-09-18PLAYER NEWS:

--F Steve Novak may be one of the best long-distance shooters in the NBA, but his lack of other noteworthy skills could make him a one-dimensional bench player again in 2009-10. The Clippers hope that by re-signing Novak, he will now be motivated to do things like use his 6-foot-10 frame to get after opponents on defense, box out smaller players for rebounds and post up on the offensive end to keep rival defenses honest in order to avoid being a late-game liability.

--F Marcus Camby may have his minutes curtailed with the recent re-signing of veteran bruising F Brian Skinner, and it's anyone's guess how he will respond. Camby dealt with this on the opposite end, as he was the one who took Patrick Ewing's minutes with the New York Knicks when Ewing was injured, and Camby stepped in and performed at a high level for a Finals-bound team. If Camby can continue to block shots and show patience on the offensive end while staying focused on helping the Clippers win this season, his slight reduction in playing time shouldn't matter.

--G Mardy Collins is looking more and more like the odd man out this season, thanks to the recent additions of G Rasual Butler and G Sebastian Telfair and G Ricky Davis choosing to return to the Clippers. Collins displayed grit and tenacity on the defensive end last season, but because his other skills weren't eye-catching, the chances of him making a much-improved squad probably aren't very good. However, Collins still has a chance to earn a roster spot in the next six weeks, or he may suit up for the Bakersfield Jam, the Clippers' NBDL affiliate, in 2009-10.

MEDICAL WATCH: None.

DRAFT PICK:

Blake Griffin, F, 6-10, Oklahoma (first round) -- The top pick in the draft, Griffin was considered the clear-cut best overall player available, and with an NBA-ready game and build, he's expected to play major minutes as a rookie and become the face of the franchise.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 18, 2009

 

 
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