Over on ESPN, Marc Stein adds credence to a circulating notion that the Clippers are making a short list of candidates to shore up the big man rotation. Lamar Odom has been mentioned as the chief target, but another former Clipper is also on the list:
Lamar Odom remains the leading candidate to be signed by the Los Angeles Clippers to fill the opening they have in their frontcourt rotation.
But there’s at least one other known name on the Clippers’ list behind Odom in terms of potential in-season signees: Chris Wilcox.
Sources close to the situation say that Wilcox, who Clippers coach Doc Rivers knows well after their time together in Boston, is in L.A.’s thoughts as a fallback options should it ultimately decide to pass on bringing back Odom.
No doubt Chris Wilcox’s familiarity with both the coach, system and organization factors into his candidacy. In the 2012-13 season with Boston, Wilcox averaged 13.6 minutes per game and maintained a PER of 15.3, about league average. Wilcox’s primary function would likely be to shore up the struggling defense of the bench. And in this capacity, he may have an advantage over the incumbent bench bigs.
In the past two seasons with the Celtics, Wilcox has maintained a defensive rating of 98 and 101. Ryan Hollins’ defensive rating the past two seasons: 108 and 105. Byron Mullens: both seasons at 110.
Individual defensive rating is a relatively poor metric to evaluate a player’s defensive acumen, but it does provide some context as to what the Clippers’ options are. For posterity, Lamar Odom’s defensive rating last season was 99.