The Los Angeles Clippers recently signed Jason Williams to a one-year contract.
I must admit that I’m a fan of Williams but I’m not sure about this move. This signing tells us that Elgin Baylor is more than a little skeptical of Baron Davis’ durability. Or is he just Isiah 2.0?
With Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman on the roster, no problems will arise from their center position. I would have used the money spent on Williams to pursue a consistent, dynamic forward to complement the stable, workman-like forces of Camby and Kaman.
The Clippers have an awful lot of players on their roster but let’s focus on the signed guards. It’s kind of a mess and it seems like they’ll just throw some line-ups against the wall and see what sticks:
Baron Davis, Ricky Davis, Eric Gordon, Jason Hart, Cuttino Mobley and Mike Taylor will join Williams as contracted players.
Taylor will most certainly spend time in the D-League.
Hart is a solid journeyman who averages 16.6 minutes in his career. He can push for time and be a solid contributor if an injury hits higher on the depth chart.
It’s Baron Davis’ team, so he’ll start at the point but who will they have at the off guard?
Cuttino Mobley was the starter last year until an injury hit and Quinton Ross stepped into the limelight. Ricky Davis is available and can also see time at the small forward position.
Mike Dunleavy didn’t shy away from playing Thornton as a rookie; he won’t let Eric Gordon rot on the bench. And on the small chance that the Clippers — gasp — lose early, youth will be served. It will be interesting to see how Dunleavy juggles the me-first Davis, the proud veteran Mobley and the instant-offense Gordon.
We may see Baron playing off the ball while Williams handles the playmaking responsibilities but I just don’t see how they can squeeze 25+ minutes for Williams.
If Dan Dickau (15.5 minutes last year), Smush Parker (21.5 minutes) and Quinton Ross (19.8 minutes) return, it will further muddle the guard situation. Someone’s ego will be bruised. On the Clippers, that’s as predictable as a Tim Thomas three in transition.
The most important question is this: Is Baron Davis running in the mountains?
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