Clippers Backup Power Forward Position
Typically I wouldn't create a thread over something this inconsequential but it's the slow days of summer so here we go.
I've loved every move the Clippers have done this offseason with the Reddick/Dudley trade, the Collison/ Mullens signing and Hollins re-signing. The only position they have yet to addressed is the backup power forward. They've recently been looking at Lou Amundson and had previously were looking at Antawn Jamison before informing Jamison that they were waiting to see if they could resign Lamar Odom first. This was a surprise to Jamison and I'd imagine somewhat insulting. Though I like the idea of Jamison signing with the Clippers they desperately need some toughness up front, something that neither Odom, Jamison, nor Amundson brings.
My thoughts are bring in Ivan Johnson. Yes he's undersized but more than makes up for it with heart and hustle. I love his toughness, he has quick feet defensively, decent 15 foot jump shot, and would be the enforcer the Clippers lost when Kenyon Martin left. Reports are that Johnson is leaning towards Italy or China due to a lack of interest in the NBA.
I think this year Blake sees 36+ minutes per game, so a player like Ivan Johnson can give the bench toughness and won't demand hefty mintues a la Jamison or Odom.
He would be a perfect fit, but I don't think they could afford Johnson at this point. They may end up playing Mullens at the 4 some since he can stretch the floor, but he will get burned on D. They probably bring back Odom for the vet min so he can try for another ring maybe.
I'd give Drew Gooden a serious look. He's a vet that really gave the Bucks some good minutes a couple years ago, and he could play both PF/C positions. They wouldn't have to shell out a lot of money, he's got playoff experience and he's got a high Bball IQ.
Playing the 4-5 positions is a plus. Anything to prevent giving Byron Mullens getting any signficant time on the court.
Agreed, I can't see a scenario where they willingly put Mullens in late in the 4th of a meaningful game after Jordan picks up his 6th foul.
Mullens isn't the bust many declared him after his rookie year, but his shot selection is awful. The fact that he is a center, and took over 200 threes last year, despite being only a 64% free throw shooter blows my mind. Maybe Doc will be able to reign him in, I guess we'll see.
If you don't consider Amundson a tough player, you might want to watch him a little more. He's pretty much a Tyler Hansbrough with no offense.
No doubt Lou is tough. He ate a Z-Bo punch like it was a pillow.
@Tongueout, I didn't mean to say Lou wasn't tough, I'm a Suns fan and I loved what he brought to our team, but he's even shorter than Ivan and older with even less offensive skill .He's easily one of the worse free throw shooters in the league as well and the Clippers have enough of those.
Ivan Johnson might want to take a backseat but he might not. He went through a grind to make it in the league and backing up blake for 10 minutes a game when other teams will let him play 30 might or might not be on his wishlist. Still a very intriguing idea and it would be very fun to watch that tough personality in lob city
ivan johnson wears a grill during games they should definitely pick him up
Lou Amundson would be a solid pickup. Just a guy to rebound and do the dirty work which is all they need.
He can replace some of what Reggie Evans gave them. Ivan Johnson would be good too.
If they can't get those two guys what about Joey Dorsey? He is overseas but he is a good rebounder and can get up
for blocks and rebounds . He isn't tall but be he is long. He also doesn't need shots to be effective.
Drew Gooden is an older veteran who might be a good pick up too.
I had forgotten that the Clippers signed Darren Collison and Mullens. I am picking them to have
the best record in the West next year. Superstars plus depth plus shooting plus a very good coach is
always good for regular season wins. They also look like a legit threat to get to the Finals. I am sure the NBA
would like a major market team out West to get to the Finals.
I wonder which team ( NBA!) would play Ivan Johnson 30 mins per night ...
Any team trying to win the Wiggins sweepstakes!
Gooden has got to be the best option for them out there. If Blake griffin gets injured, can you really imagine a starting front court of mullens and Jordan? At least with drew you get a guy who has a decent offensive post game. And I'd take a 31 year old gooden over a 33 year old odom as well as a 37 year old Jamison. And if Blake is healthy all season long, you at least gets a guy who has had experience playing center at spot minutes and can close out games who is able to hit his free throws with consistency.
I do think that Drew Gooden would be a solid pickup for the Clippers. The fact that Gooden can play the PF or the C position makes it more of a reason to sign him. Is he the best power forward or center in the NBA? No. But is he a decent center or power forward? Yes. My question is has Lamar Odom even gotten an offer from the Clippers yet to resign with them?