3 LA Clippers who likely won’t make it to opening night

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Jordan Miller, LA Clippers
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2. Jordan Miller

Following a phenomenal showing in the NBA Summer League, it is clear the LA Clippers have a potential star in Jordan Miller. He is a great defender, crashes the glass effortlessly, and makes the right reads on offense, leading to easy buckets.

On that note, in five games of Summer League action, Miller averaged 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while shooting 43.8% from the field and 30.0% from a distance. Though these numbers don’t hold much weight, Miller took his opportunity and displayed his athletic ability.

Moreover, the strengths are there, but so are the weaknesses. Miller is definitely a player that will need development. His three-point jumper and ability to operate in the mid-range could use some work. There is a good chance he spends the majority of the season in the G-League with the Agua Caliente Clippers. However, this could work out, primarily because of how great the coaching staff utilizes young talent.

The last second-round pick to pan out for the Clippers was Terance Mann, who dropped to pick 48 in the 2019 NBA Draft. Comparably, Miller fell to 48 after finishing five years in college. Not to mention these two have similar builds with identical playstyles. If developed properly, there is no doubt that Miller could turn into a star for the LA Clippers.

Nonetheless, there is a slim chance that Miller will end up with a legit roster spot once the season opener rolls around. He must prove to head coach Tyronn Lue that his game is worth quality minutes against some of the best talent in the entire world.