What Do Douglas-Roberts and Udoh Bring to the Clippers?
The Clippers signed guard Chris Douglas-Roberts and forward/center Ekpe Udoh today. Both players give added flexibility and depth in two of the most important areas for the team, the wing and big man positions.
As Doc Rivers said today, “Chris and Ekpe are two versatile players who bring depth and a strong presence to our team.”
Douglas-Roberts comes to the Clippers after a successful stint in Charlotte in 2013-14 with averages of 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in about 20 minutes a game. CDR as Chris Douglas-Roberts is referred to as, is known as a slasher who has the ability to score, defend and play multiple positions. To dig deeper into his significance on the Bobcats last season, see the bullet points below.
- Averaged 10.3 points and 3.8 rebounds as a starter last season (eight games). Connected on 52% of his three-pointers (15-29) during that time.
- Played 20+ minutes 29 times during the 2013-14 season, scoring in double figures 13 times and averaging 10.1 points.
- Played significant minutes in the last 29 games of the season for Charlotte, helping the Bobcats finish out with a 20-9 mark and a playoff berth.
- In the final two playoff games against the Miami Heat, he averaged 15.5 points on 82 percent shooting.
- CDR was an important piece for the Bobcats late in games highlighted by his buzzer beater to beat the Hawks on April 14. It was often CDR and not the starter, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who played in the fourth quarter of games late in the season.
Udoh comes to the Clippers after spending last season in Milwaukee where he averaged 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over 42 games (14 starts). Udoh has always been a very intelligent big man with a defensive skillset. His best attribute is his ability to make defenders alter their shots. The Clippers will look for the Oklahoma City native to help anchor their second-team and give added depth to the power forward and center positions. The additions of Spencer Hawes and Udoh along with the re-signing of Glen Davis give the Clippers one of the deeper big man rotations in the league backing up Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. A few bullet points below go into detail about what Udoh brings to the team.
- He has a 7’4 ½ wingspan!
- He was nicknamed “The Nightmare” in college due to his shot-blocking prowess. His junior season at Baylor, he blocked 133 shots (3.7 per game), a Baylor and Big 12 record.
- Last season, Udoh played limited minutes (19.1 minutes per game), but still collected 14 games of at least five rebounds and 10 games of at least two blocks.
- He is a solid free throw shooter, averaging 72 percent for his career.