WHO'S WHO: CLIPPERS 2014 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER

Eric Patten, Clippers.com

7/8/14


The Clippers introduced their 12-man roster for the Samsung NBA Summer League on Monday and the group will begin training camp for the two-week trip to Las Vegas this week. Here is a brief look at the players who will make the trip:

VETERAN FREE AGENTS

#24 Keith Benson, PF | 6-foot-10, 230

Benson was a second round pick by the Hawks in 2011. The 25-year-old was cut by the Hawks after the abbreviated training camp following the lockout. He’s played three games with Golden State on a 10-day contract and spent time in the D-League, the Philippines and Belarus as well. Benson’s career arc has been filled with drastic improvement. He went from a low-scoring big man in his final high school season to an infrequently used center at Oakland a year after redshirting. By his senior year, though, Benson averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 boards and 3.6 blocks and won the Summit League Player of the Year award for the second time. He has a 7-foot-4 wingspan, mobility, NBA size and has gained more than 20 lbs. since being drafted.

#7 Lorenzo Brown, PG | 6-foot-3, 195

The lanky point guard was Minnesota’s second round pick (52nd) in the 2013 Draft, but was waived by the Timberwolves near the end of training camp. He worked out with the Clippers prior to last year’s Draft along with James Ennis and former Syracuse guard Brandon Triche as well. He’s one of six players on the Summer League roster with NBA experience. He played 26 games with the 76ers and spent several stints in the D-League with Springfield and Delaware. He’s a superb athlete and has shown the ability to be a pass-first guard as well. He led the ACC in assists his junior season at North Carolina State, finishing on the All-ACC second team.

#1 Armon Johnson, PG | 6-foot-2, 195

Johnson, who was drafted by the Trail Blazers and has been on the Nets roster as well as invited to training camp with the Magic, might be Rivers’ kind of guy, if only because he’s a native of Chicago and is a 6-foot-3 point guard. Johnson is an athletic, ball-handler with a knack for scoring using a smooth left-handed jumper. Although he has yet to stick in the NBA he has professional experience in the D-League as well as Kazakhstan and Spain. In 11 games with Valladolid in Spain, Johnson averaged 10.5 points and a team-high 3.5 assists in 21.5 minutes.

#14 DeAndre Liggins, SG/SF | 6-foot-6, 209

After three years at Kentucky, including one season as a starter, Liggins entered the 2011 Draft. The Magic snagged him with the 53rd pick. Since making his debut with Orlando, Liggins has played stints with the Thunder and Heat as well. However, his best stretch of basketball since leaving Lexington was in 2014 as D-League All-Star and league defensive player of the year. Liggins has potential to be an elite defender. He is 6-foot-5 without shoes, but possesses a 6-foot-11 wingspan, and adept at creating turnovers in passing lanes. He will be at home in Vegas, having grown up in nearby Henderson and attended powerhouse Findlay Prep.

#40 Jon Brockman, PF | 6-foot-7, 255

After a stellar career at Washington, Brockman, a second-round pick to Sacramento in 2009, spent three seasons in the NBA with the Kings and Bucks. He played in France last season after suiting up for the Pelicans in Las Vegas the summer prior. He is a former McDonald’s All-American and twice a Pac-10 first-teamer. He’s a big body, and one of the best rebounders in Washington’s history. In 150 pro games, he’s pulled down 3.1 boards in just 10.8 minutes per game.

#13 Delonte West, SG | 6-foot-3, 180

By far, the most well-known member of the roster is former Cavalier and Celtics guard Delonte West. He was a college star alongside Jameer Nelson at St. Joseph’s, was a starter with the Celtics under Doc Rivers, and was an integral part of the Cavaliers from 2008-10. He last played in the NBA in 2012 with Dallas in the preseason, but spent one season in China. In attempt to resurrect his career, West, who turns 31 on July 26, comes into Summer League with averages of 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and career 37.2 percent shooting from distance in 432 regular season games.

ROOKIE FREE AGENTS

#17 Cameron Clark, SF | 6-foot-6, 210

Clark started three of his four years at Oklahoma. The 22-year-old senior finished among the Sooners’ top 20 in career scoring and did not miss a game during his collegiate career.

#21 Will Clyburn, SF | 6-foot-6, 210

An athletic wing, Clyburn was a four-year college player, spending two seasons at Marshalltown Community College, one at Utah and another at Iowa State. He left the Cyclones in 2012-13 and spent last season in Germany after going undrafted.

#12 Shawn Jones, PF | 6-foot-7, 233

Jones, who played four seasons at Middle Tennessee State, has a monstrous 7-foot-3 wingspan and 8-foot-10 standing reach. He averaged 8.7 boards per game his final season in Murfreesboro and finished as the Conference USA Player of the Year.

#5 Kyle Kuric, SG | 6-foot-4, 195

Kuric, a former Louisville shooting guard, is a 3-point specialist with a penchant for the highlight dunk as well. His right-handed throw down against Notre Dame was voted the 2011 Papa John’s Dunk of the Year. At 6-foot-4 he’s shown an ability to get to the rim and shoot over defenders. He was a 40 percent shooter from distance his junior year at Louisville. It’s his second go-around in Summer League, having played for Oklahoma City in 2013. He spent the regular season in Spain.

#18 Amath M'Baye, SF | 6-foot-8, 215

M’Baye (prounounced M'By) is a 24-year-old junior from the University of Oklahoma. He was born in Senegal, holds a French passport and attended Stone Ridge Prep in Simi Valley, CA. He transferred from Wyoming after two seasons and after sitting out the 2011-12 seasons, averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds and shot 46.1 percent from the field in his only year in Norman. He finished third-team All-Big 12 and was a member of the Big 12 All-Academic First Team. He spent last season in Asia.

#34 Aziz N'Diaye, C | 7-foot-0, 260

A 7-footer who led the Huskies in blocked shots and finished on the Pac-12 All-Defensive team in 2012, N’Diaye has a massive wingspan and ideal size for an NBA center. His offensive game lacks polish and went undrafted after finishing a five-year career at Washington. He played alongside Brockman in college and played in Spain last season.