The season is over. And with summer vacation starting, ClipperBlog is running a series called “Summer Reading” – tidbits, advice and (ideally) reading material for each member of the Los Angeles Clippers. The hope being that players return next season armed with newfound knowledge, improvements to their skills and emboldened by their summer studies. Because knowing is half the battle.
Reading Material: Anything Tony Allen, even his Twitter account
Tony Allen is one of the premiere defenders in the NBA. One of the areas the Clippers struggled this past season? Perimeter defending. So it makes sense that Leslie embrace a role that could help him stick to the Clippers’ roster. Allen is the ideal comparison given their similar stature:
You can see how favorably Leslie sizes up with Allen. Except Leslie is much more athletic. In pre-draft workouts, Tony Allen was even listed as the likely pro comparable for Leslie. With no Rookie Summer League and less than limited minutes this past season, this year’s upcoming Summer League is the perfect opportunity for Leslie to showcase his value to the roster.
And with a non-guaranteed contract for the 2012-13 season, Leslie will have to show that value.
Extra Credit: Picking Reggie Evans’ brain. Evans was in a similar situation when first entering the league with Seattle. Nate McMillan told Evans he needed to “rebound, set picks, play defense and give energy”. Clearly, Evans has embraced this advice and successfully carved out a place for himself in the league. Maybe Evans can help Leslie in the transition to specialized rotation player.