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.
With a host of established veterans already in the fold, Clippers fans can look forward to watching several young prospects jockey for position at the end of Doc Rivers’ bench. Johnathan Motley is a springy big man, who–at 6-foot-10–could make an impact in LA this season.
Since the Clippers traded for Marcin Gortat, a placeholder at center, Motley could fight his way into the late rotation, especially if the Clippers have any injuries in the frontcourt.
In two preseason games, Motley has converted on four of his five shot attempts. He was efficient last season in 11 regular season games with the Dallas Mavericks, burying 53.3 percent of his shots. He takes quality looks and does most of his damage around the rim. At 23 years of age, Motley is still developing and should see his brightest NBA days in front of him.
With Gortat and Montrezl Harrell firmly in front of Motley on the depth chart, he will most likely spend a good chunk of the season with the Agua Caliente Clippers, the team’s G League affiliate. He offers a similar skillset to Harrell’s, which could make him viable later on in 2018-19.
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