Former Penn State guard D.J. Newbill joined the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA Summer League team hoping for a chance to prove himself. So far, however, the Philadelphia native has not gotten much of a chance to do so.
Playing in the Orlando tournament, the Clippers are 0-2 after losses Saturday (Orlando Blue) and Sunday (Detroit).
Newbill did not play Saturday (coach's decision) and logged only 17 minutes Sunday. He scored four points on 2-of-4 shooting to go along with four rebounds, two steals, one assist and a turnover.
The Big Ten's leading scorer in 2014-15 played exclusively on the wing Sunday. He was 0 of 2 on 3-pointers, which stung because long-range shooting is considered a weakness in his game.
Part of the problem for Newbill is that the Clippers' roster includes 15 players, five of whom are guards. Among those guards is 2014 first-round draft pick C.J. Wilcox, who plays the same position as Newbill. Wilcox is averaging 29 minutes per game in Orlando.
Meanwhile, free agent combo guard Nick Wolters is averaging a team-high 30 minutes per game. Wolters was a scoring machine at South Dakota State from 2009-13, but is trying to transform his game into that of a pure NBA point guard.
Another rookie wing, Michigan State's Branden Dawson, is averaging 22 minutes per game and logged a double-double Saturday. Dawson was a late second-round pick of New Orleans before the Clippers bought his rights.
The Clippers are off Monday but return to action Tuesday (Oklahoma City) and Wednesday (Miami). Both games tip at 5 p.m. and can be seen on NBATV.
They will also play Friday, but the time and opponent have yet to be set.