Newbill’s Minutes Being Clipped in Orlando

The former Penn State guard is seeing limited action for the Clippers in the NBA Summer League.

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.


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