1. Brandon Boston Jr.
Once the LA Clippers drafted Brandon Boston Jr. in the second round, many fans thought the LA Clippers had found their next franchise guy. This was not a flawed assumption, as he is 6’6″, can score at all three levels, and has the potential to become an elite perimeter defender.
However, his role has been limited since the LA Clippers are pushing for a championship. There is little room in the active rotation for another wing to come in and find himself with an average minute share. As a result, he spends most of his time with the Agua Caliente Clippers.
As Boston Jr. enters year three, he must prove why the LA Clippers should keep him for longer. Although the sky’s the limit for the former five-star recruit, he has only shown that he can score the ball at a high volume. That’s not enough to earn a consistent role on a contending team.
Moreover, his opportunities will be minimal next season since the LA Clippers are so stacked at the wing position. This means he has no time to waste in showing the coaching staff what he can do.
Fans should keep a close eye on how many minutes Boston Jr. receives next season and how much of his time is spent in the G-League. This will provide an overview of where he stands in his role with the LA Clippers.
Suppose he does fail to meet the expectations. In that case, he will become a restricted free agent next offseason, and the Clippers will have a chance to match any team’s offer. This works out exceptionally well for the LA Clippers’ front office.