This year’s Los Angeles Clippers roster is one of the deepest you might ever see. Because of that, barring injury, you won’t see second year pro Maalik Wayns getting much playing time on the court. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that this kid is an electric player, and he is in the perfect situation where he is right now.
He currently sits as the third point guard on the depth chart, but he is pretty much behind two players that he should be trying to learn a lot from. Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA, and anytime you can work with someone of his caliber on a daily basis it can only improve your game. Darren Collison is similar to Wayns in that they are both small, quick and have a knack for getting into the lane and wreaking havoc.
Wayns broke into the league as an undrafted free agent with his hometown Philadelphia 76ers. He stuck around because of his strong play during training camp and preseason, but it didn’t translate when the regular season started. In 21 games with the Sixers he shot only 26.4 percent from the floor, but he was much better in his six games with the Clippers.
Now he is on one of the best teams in the league that have championship aspirations. He could either spend some time in the D-League to work on his game or he can be a change of pace guy to spell Chris Paul should backup Collison go down with injury.
Wayns isn’t expected to do much in year two in LA, but if he works hard in practice and absorbs as much knowledge as he can from Paul and Collison, he could catch on eventually.