With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
The new year will also bring a longer look at big man Boban Marjanovic. A mountain of a man, this 7-foot-3 center is an intriguing player. He was acquired along with Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris in the deal for Blake Griffin. In brief stints, Marjanovic proved to be incredibly effective.
Of course, the center cannot play long minutes without getting winded and his footspeed isn’t ideal for the modern pace-and-space NBA. However, in short timeframes, Boban can give head coach Doc Rivers a boost off the bench.
With Marcin Gortat serving as the only other true center on the Clippers roster, an injury or rest could necessitate more playing time for Marjanovic. His big hands and wide frame make him an almost impossible player to guard. He is also a strong deterrent to driving guards in the paint.
His playing time will largely be linked to injuries at the position and how the Clippers are playing on a given night. Rivers utilized Boban as an “ace in the hole” type of player to catch opponents off guard in an attempt to change the flow of the game.
Without DeAndre Jordan, the opportunity is there for Boban to pair with Montrezl Harrell, who will likely see the bulk of the minutes at the center position–even if Gortat starts.
"Every time Boban gets called, he's ready," teammate Tobias Harris said following a game late last season. "It speaks to a lot about his professionalism and the player that he is. Now he's showing flashes of what he can do. He's a really good passer. He's able to create a lot of havoc for defenses with his size. You can't prepare for [his size]. We're lucky to have him."
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