The LA Clippers’ 2016 first round pick Brice Johnson should now have a chance to make a big name for himself in the NBA.
Last season was a waste for the LA Clippers’ Brice Johnson. It was no fault of his own, but the forward missed most of the season with a injured back and even when he was healthy, he only managed to appear in 3 games after being placed behind both Marreese Speights and Paul Pierce on the depth chart. The young forward couldn’t get into a rhythm, averaging just 1.3 points per game in his appearances. However, he could have the opportunity this season to come in often and to make a big impact.
In what will essentially be a re-do of his rookie season, (3 games doesn’t count for much, right?), the 23 year old needs to be ready for his number to be called. Despite reports that Blake Griffin will be healthy to start training camp, there are still some doubts. There’s also the possibility that the recent arrest of Willie Reed could lead to suspension or possibly dismissal from the team, depending on the severity of the case. Brice may be forced to come in early and often to make up for the absence of the two.
He has already shown big signs of improvement during his stint in the NBA Summer League earlier in the summer. Johnson was able to put up solid numbers and looked like he could be a threat, at least off of the bench. In 5 games, he averaged 14 points on 57.7% shooting, 5.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1 block. If he can come in and provide help across the board like this, he’ll have a huge impact for the Clippers. It’s more than likely he will not put up these type of numbers against full time NBA competition. However, he just needs to make an impact in all areas of the game, which he has shown the ability to do.
The big man can shine bright for LA and potentially begin to earn himself a role with the team for years to come.