NBA Summer League 2014: Evaluating Will Clyburn


Will Clyburn had a second opportunity to showcase his talent in the NBA Summer League. Unfortunately, things downgraded from a season ago, and it’s highly likely he’ll be making a return overseas.

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In his five games with the Los Angeles Clippers, Clyburn didn’t start, went 8-of-29 from the field (27.6 percent), went 2-for-11 from the perimeter, and 0-for-2 at the foul line.

Clyburn’s final tallies were 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 6 turnovers, and 9 personal fouls. He had over 11 less minutes of game action this year and a lot of his production was nearly cut in half.

That doesn’t mean Clyburn had zero highlights, however. Check out this 3-pointer and alley-oop.

Last season, Clyburn traveled overseas to play for Ratiopharm ULM. While I can’t find any confirmation, it looks as if Clyburn could be playing for team again this fall since he’s listed on the 2014-15 team roster.

In the German League, Clyburn averaged 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21.9 minutes per game in 38 appearances. In Eurocup, Clyburn generally averaged around the same amount in 18 appearances.

Outlook: Again, while I haven’t seen any official news yet, it’s possible that Clyburn will be back overseas next season assuming the the Clippers aren’t going to sign him, and it’s highly doubtful. He’d serve better in the NBA if he beefed up a little bit and got to the foul line more in summer league action.

There’s no reason to give up on the dream though. After the 2013 NBA Draft was completed, Clyburn said he still has aspirations to make it. He definitely can.

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