Motley is on a two-way deal, but has not yet played for the LA Clippers this season. Interestingly enough, he was called up nearly a month ago by the Clippers, also against the Kings, but didn’t see any action. Two-way players getting called up and not seeing playing time seems a bit like a waste of one of their 45 days, but the Clippers, not nearly as ravaged by injuries as last season, can be a bit more extravagant with throwing them away.
Motley has continued his torching of the G-League, as he’s averaging 26 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 35.8 minutes per game. Johnathan is shooting a tidy 56% from the field, though he’s a mere 28% from deep on 3.1 attempts per contest. However, his efficiency is buoyed by his getting to the line 7.8 times per game, and converting on 73.6% of his chances.
While he’s not overly large or athletic, at 6’10”, he’s a taller, longer body than Montrezl Harrell, and due to his youth possesses greater quickness and superior leaping ability to Marcin Gortat or Boban Marjanovic. For weeks now, as Gortat and Boban have struggled, it’s made sense to give Motley a shot in the NBA. He might not be the Clippers’ answer at center, but there’s no harm in trying him out. Hopefully he actually gets some minutes tonight.