2. Amir Coffey
After securing a three-year, $11 million deal with the LA Clippers, Amir Coffey’s value is on par with some of the best wing players in the NBA. On an inexpensive contract, Coffey brings high-end three-point shooting, as well as remarkable defensive abilities.
Although he saw a larger role last season, his responsibilities are likely to decrease as Kawhi Leonard makes his return. This will require Coffey to dominate during training camp, which will allow him to earn quality minutes during the regular season.
The LA Clippers are immensely talented at the wing position. Unfortunately for Coffey, he remains on the short end of the stick. With only three years of experience, Coffey’s spot in the rotation holds uncertainty.
However, shining under pressure has never been an issue for Coffey. During his first two seasons in the NBA, Coffey spent quite some time in the G League. As he entered his third season, key players on the LA Clippers began to miss time due to COVID protocols. This led to Coffey’s name being called up. At first glance, it was unclear what type of player Coffey would develop into. After just a few games, it was safe to say that Coffey was there for the long run.
In addition, Coffey is one of the most reliable players down the stretch. Due to his size and skillset, Lue will be utilizing Coffey through small-ball lineups. During the regular season, Coffey will see numerous opportunities to demonstrate how valuable he can be.
Moreover, the LA Clippers see a future with Coffey as he is secured for the next few seasons. Despite recently having the best year of his career, Lue must make sure that Coffey is ready for a larger role heading into next season