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Can Antawn Jamison recover from his lone season on the Los Angeles Lakers?
4) Maalik Wayns
2012-13 Stats: 2.8 PPG, 1.0 APG, 5.10 PER
Breakdown: With all of the injuries to starting shooting guard Chauncey Billups, Maalik Wayns got his chance with an NBA squad. The third point guard behind Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe, Wayns appeared mostly in garbage time in just six games with Lob City last season.
With Bledsoe in Phoenix, the Clips signed free agent Darren Collison, making him the designated backup behind Paul. At 6’2” Wayns offers a bigger body than Collison on defense, but it is yet to be seen whether Wayns will have an impact in the regular season.
3) Reggie Bullock
2012-13 Stats: N/A
Breakdown: The sharp shooter out of North Carolina, Reggie Bullock has missed out on some valuable learning time this preseason as he recovers from a knee injury.
Not known for playing his rookies heavy minutes, Rivers will play Bullock only sparingly this season, barring an injury at the small forward position. A low-risk player, Bullock is an accurate shooter who converted 38.7 percent of his three-pointers over three seasons in Chapel Hill. Bullock has two great mentors ahead of him on the depth chart in Jared Dudley and Matt Barnes who should provide the former Tar Heel with sound tutelage during his rookie campaign.
2) Antawn Jamison
2012-13 Stats: 9.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 15.39 PER
Breakdown: Antawn Jamison will be looking to recover from one of his worst statistical seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012-13. Averaging a career 18.8 PPG and 7.6 RPG, Jamison often looked lost and out of place in the soap opera that was last year’s Lakers team.
Early in the season, Jamison will likely be the first big man off the bench to spell Blake Griffin. Already a deficient defender, there are questions as to how much Jamison can bring to a contender at the age of 37.
1) Byron Mullens
2012-13 Stats: 10.6 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 12.35 PER
Breakdown: The former Charlotte Bobcat, Byron Mullens will be relied on to be the stretch four in the Clippers’ new offense. A career 30.1 percent shooter from downtown, Mullens will have to tempter his shot selection and convert consistently if he hopes to earn regular minutes in Los Angeles.
Like Jamison, Mullens is also a suspect defender. If he is unable to make the right rotations, then he is likely to find himself on the bench.