After two Summer League games, a couple of things are starting to trend for the Los Angeles Clippers:
1) They’re having trouble checking SFs.
2) The starters under contract aren’t standing out.
The Clippers lost their second game of the Orlando Summer League on Sunday 77-69 to the Detroit Pistons. After allowing 22 points and 18 rebounds to Magic SF Aaron Gordon Saturday, the Clippers gave up 24 points to Pistons rookie SF Stanley Johnson.
Stanimal had it all going, shooting 10-of-14 from the field while adding nine rebounds and three steals.
His counterpart, Clippers SF Jordan Hamilton, was quiet again on Sunday. Too quiet. Hamilton went 0-for-4 from the field and finished with only two points. Saturday, Hamilton had 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting. His contract is non-guaranteed next season.
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s fellow wing SG C.J. Wilcox is struggling to get his shot to fall. Wilcox scored only ten points Sunday against the Pistons, shooting 4-for-10 from the field and missing all three three-point field goal attempts. Through two games, Wilcox has made only one of nine three-point field goal attempts and has scored 23 points on 25 shots.
Sunday was also another forgettable day for 2012 first-round draft pick PF Royce White. White played even less on Sunday then he did against the Magic Saturday, and he still hasn’t scored in Orlando yet.
Branden Dawson was less impressive on Sunday then he was Saturday when he had 14 points and 14 rebounds. But Dawson, the 57th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, still got double White’s playing time and scored eight points on 4/6 shooting from the field. Dawson also added five more rebounds in 16 minutes Sunday.
For the second straight game, PG Nate Wolters led the Clippers in minutes played. Wolters also led the Clippers in scoring Sunday, with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field in just over 28 minutes. But Wolters only had one assist, while Clippers not named Wolters went 0-for-12 shooting threes vs. the Pistons.
On Tuesday, the Clippers will look to get over the hump at Orlando Summer League against a 2-0 Oklahoma City Thunder squad that features PF Mitch McGary and 2nd-round rookie C Dakari Johnson. Every Clippers starter, with the possible exception of Wolters, could use a breakout game after having Monday off. But the guys who already have contracts, Wilcox and Hamilton, need to be aggressive and start their pursuit to locking up potential rotation spots now.