The new Clip­pers

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Dan Woike

Here’s a look at the key play­ers the Clip­pers have ac­quired in the deal that sent Chris Paul to the Hous­ton Rock­ets, with com­ments from a West­ern Con­fer­ence scout who spoke anony­mously be­cause he is not au­tho­rized to talk about op­pos­ing teams’ play­ers:

SAM DEKKER

6-9, 230, small for­ward A former first-round pick from Wis­con­sin who es­sen­tially red­shirted his rookie sea­son while deal­ing with a back in­jury, Dekker flashed po­ten­tial in his first full sea­son with Hous­ton as a key ro­ta­tion piece. He scored in dou­ble fig­ures 15 times last sea­son in­clud­ing a 30-point out­burst against Memphis in one of his two starts.

Scout’s take: “He’s got a good work ethic and is a great ath­lete in the open floor. He re­ally runs. He can at­tack from the wings. I think he’s im­proved on his de­ci­sion mak­ing. He just needs a steady im­prove­ment in his min­utes. He needs to play 15 to 20 min­utes per game. I think he’s ready for it.”

PA­TRICK BEV­ER­LEY

6-1, 185, combo guard Known for his de­fense and tena­cious at­ti­tude, Bev­er­ley has worked him­self into a start­ing role af­ter play­ing in Europe to be­gin his ca­reer. Last sea­son, he shot 38.2% from three-point range while av­er­ag­ing 5.9 re­bounds and 4.2 as­sists a game as he moved to shoot­ing guard to al­low James Har­den to run the point. He has two years and a very af­ford­able $10.5 mil­lion left on his con­tract.

Scout’s take: “He’s hard-nosed, tough. Peo­ple know he’s out there ver­bally and phys­i­cally. He’s not afraid of any­thing. I think Hous­ton’s go­ing to miss what he brought them. I think Bev­er­ley gets over­looked for the stuff he does. He’s a guy you feel all the way up the court pres­sur­ing the ball up the court. He won’t score much in the pick-and-roll, but I think he’s more than a vi­able start­ing point guard in the league. He’s a guy ev­ery­one wants on his team.”

LOU WIL­LIAMS

6-1, 175, shoot­ing guard One of the NBA’s top scor­ing guards com­ing off the bench, Wil­liams av­er­aged a ca­reer-high 17.5 points last sea­son for the Lak­ers and the Rock­ets. With one year re­main­ing on his con­tract, Wil­liams be­comes a pos­si­ble as­set in a fu­ture trade, or he could stay with the Clip­pers to give them an­other big-time bench scorer along­side Ja­mal Craw­ford.

Scout’s take: “He’s a per­fect guy you can bring off the bench to score you points. He’s a ter­ri­ble de­fender, and that might be an un­der­state­ment, but you know what you’re get­ting. He’s a guy who can get you 15 points in a quar­ter.”

MON­TREZL HAR­RELL

6-8, 240, power for­ward A former sec­ond-round draft pick, Har­rell is a high-en­ergy big man who can play ei­ther front­court po­si­tion. He av­er­aged 9.1 points and 3.8 re­bounds as he worked him­self into Hous­ton’s ro­ta­tion last sea­son as a re­serve in his sec­ond year in the league.

Scout’s take: “He’s an un­der­sized cen­ter best play­ing in the open floor. He can re­ally run. He’s ath­letic. I think his strength is play­ing in early of­fense and not a struc­tured sys­tem. When he’s on, he’s a mini Ken­neth Faried. He’s that type of player. He can get you ex­tra pos­ses­sions. De­fen­sively, he needs to im­prove in the pick-and-roll, but he can give you ro­ta­tional min­utes off the bench.”

NOTE: The Clip­pers also ac­quired for­ward Kyle Wilt­jer and guards Dar­run Hilliard and DeAn­dre Lig­gins, who have been sel­dom-used re­serves.

Ron­ald Martinez Getty Im­ages

David J. Phillip As­so­ci­ated Press

Ben Mar­got As­so­ci­ated Press

David Zalubowski AP

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