Byron Mullens looking to prove critics wrong
Byron Mullens was having a breakout season early last year, but found himself on the bench for the majority of the second half of the season. The athletic big man has the size to not only play the stretch 4, but the stretch 5, but his shot selection and defense have always been a question mark.
The Clippers believe that Mullens doesn’t have to be an enforcer insider, since they already have Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in the post. What they need instead is Mullens's ability to knock down shots, but to do so at an efficient rate.
“There are still a lot of doubters and a lot of people kind of saying, ‘Why did the Clippers do this?’ but I hope to prove people wrong. I’m not going to let anybody down on the team,” Mullens said. “I have a lot of stuff to do this year and I’m going to have a lot better shot selection this year, playing a better role on a better team. [Head Coach Doc Rivers] just said, ‘We want you to come in and spread the floor. But there’s also going to be some other things that I’m going to have to do like rebounding, and stuff like that, of course.”
If Doc can get Mullens to be an efficient contributor for 20 minutes a game, the Clippers will have depth at every position on their team. And with a new coach, a new roster, featuring Jared Dudley and J.J. Reddick, the Clippers have the talent to be a championship team.