Summer League Season Critical For Portland Trail Blazers' Victor Claver

By John Raffel
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers will begin their NBA Summer League this weekend in Las Vegas and it’s going to be a very important stint for many players, including Victor Claver.

Claver is no longer a rookie and the Blazers will obviously expect more from him. Claver should expect more from himself. But the Blazers have added new faces via the trade and draft route in their lineup. Summer League and the preseason will be important for a player who should have a guaranteed roster spot. His worry should be over the amount of playing time he gets from Portland coaches.

Last season, he picked up plenty of playing time, especially late in the season when the Trail Blazers were hurting with injuries. He didn’t always use his playing time wisely, although Claver also showed promise at times. He played 49 games and started 16 and averaged 16.6 minutes, 3.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 steals an outing, while shooting 39.2 percent from the field goal area and 46.7 percent in three throws. He shot 28.7 percent in threes.

Those are not impressive figures which is why Claver needs to have an excellent summer, especially offensively. But he needs to be more consistent. In the second to the last game of the regular season, he was 4-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-7 in three-pointers for 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. He needs to play like that or better during summer ball in every game. The Trail Blazers will be taking a close look at Claver and will be looking to see where he fits into their lineup.

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