The Los Angeles Clippers have had quite the eventful offseason this year as they have brought in several new faces to help get them over the hump and into the conversation of competing for a championship. One of their recent signings, however, was made out as a great decision by many fans and I have to completely disagree with them.
The Clippers signed free agent center Byron Mullens who spent the last two years with the Charlotte Bobcats. In 2012, Mullens enjoyed career highs in both points and rebounds, averaging 10.6 and 6.4 respectively. At times he looked like a formidable option for Charlotte, putting together a few strings of games in which he averaged anywhere from 15-20 points and a healthy rebound total.
But, when looking closer at his year in 2012, it’s not as good as people might think. In order to get himself his career high in points, Mullens took the most shots he’s attempted in any season yet. He finished 2012 shooting the ball at 38.5 percent. He also boasted a free throw percentage of 64.6 percent.
It might look like the Clippers got themselves a great backup big man to spell DeAndre Jordan, but Mullens really isn’t as good as he comes across at first glance.
The other weakness with Mullens’ game is that he’s not even close to being a solid defender. He’s a shoot-first type of guy and is not nearly athletic enough to fit in with the roster that is the Clippers.
In a few minutes per game, Mullens may not be a terrible sub-in, but if the Clippers want to have a legitimate center off the bench they have fooled themselves on this one.