Lou Amundson’s journey through the NBA hasn’t been a very effective one. Never one to average more than four points or four rebounds per game in a season, Amundson has always been a low-key role player. This could be the first season in Amundson’s career that he gets the chance to play for a quality title contending team.
The Los Angeles Clippers signed Amundson on September 30 right before training camp to a non-guaranteed contract, basically giving him the chance to compete for a spot on Clippers’ final 15-man roster. If Amundson were able to make the roster, he would be in a loaded front court of Blake Griffin, Byron Mullens, Antawn Jamison, DeAndre Jordan and Ryan Hollins. These are all players with more distinguished careers, who will undoubtedly receive more minutes than him.
If Amundson is able to make the final cut, there will be little to no pressure on how well he performs based on how far back in the rotation he would be with the front court. He will also be playing under a top five coach in the NBA in Doc Rivers. Rivers could help develop Amundson defensively, which would lead to higher numbers in both rebounding and blocks.
This is a crucial season for the Clippers, with a roster built to win a title now. Amundson’s role on this team won’t be important unless an injury strips away one of Clippers’ front court players. If this is the case, Amundson will have to average higher than 3.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, and 0.7 bpg (his career averages) for the Clippers in in order to keep them in the championship conversation. At this point in his career, Amundson is concerned with one thing: winning a championship. Hopefully his play dictates the same.
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.
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