Shooting guard Jared Dudley has played for some awful teams during his six years in the NBA. The Charlotte Bobcats and Phoenix Suns have given fans no reason to be excited. However, that will all change this year when Dudley will suit up for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Dudley will be surrounded by his own people, players that want nothing more than to win every single time they step onto the court. He has waited a long time for this opportunity, which means the Clippers can expect an explosive performance from him on a consistent basis.
“All he cares about is winning,” forward Antawn Jamison said, according to NBA.com.
“He’s just one of those guys when you’re around him you feel good. You just feel positive, [you feel] that good things are going to happen,” Jamison continued.
Dudley is expected to start at small forward where he will be able to make a difference every game. Specifically, Los Angeles is hoping he will be able to stay hot from beyond the arc. In his career, he has shot an impressive 40.5 percent from three-point range. Considering the Clippers ranked 16th in the league last season after shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc, Dudley should be able to improve that statistic.
The 28-year-old has no expectations as far as playing time. He also does not care what his role needs to be. All he is focused on is helping the team win no matter the cost.
“I think everyone’s excited,” Dudley said, according to NBA.com. “With [Chris Paul’s] new deal, him being a part, Doc coming in… you bring in players like me and J.J. [Redick], where we’re only going to help the locker room. There’s no ‘Hey, this is your team, or my team. I need stats.’ Nobody cares about stats. We’ve all done well financially. I think everyone’s common goal is just to win…”