In the day or two after the NBA Draft, most of the news in the NBA is about teams signing players to two-way deals, Exhibit 10 contracts, or just regular guaranteed/non-guaranteed deals to play for their Summer League teams and in training camp. Last year, almost as soon as the draft was over, the Clippers signed Angel Delgado to a two-way deal, and had his teammate Desi Rodriguez joining him in Summer League shortly thereafter.
This year, the Clippers already have a fairly full Summer League team, highlighted by last year’s lottery pick Jerome Robinson, last night’s draft picks in Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann, and Delgado. However, there are still plenty of spots left to add, and one of them will be filled by Syracuse’s Oshae Brissett, who broke the news himself on Twitter. As of right now, it’s not known what contract Brissett will play under, just that he’s joining the Clippers in Summer League.
Brissett just turned 21 yesterday, and it must have been a disappointing birthday to not hear his name get called on draft night. Like Mann, Brissett is a large wing player, standing at 6’8, and weighing in around 210 pounds. Oshae left Syracuse after his sophomore season, which was a significant downturn from his freshman year. He played fewer minutes, scored fewer points, and saw his three-point and free-throw shooting plummet. On the plus side, Brissett’s overall field goal percentage and assists jumped, so it’s possible he was just working some things out. He was a highly inefficient scorer at the college level, but a monster rebounder, and his defensive stats look solid (though playing in a zone boosts those), so there’s some statistical hope for him. Really though, his NBA future probably comes down to his shot. If he can build off the 33.1% (on 4.5 attempts) he had as a freshman, there’s an NBA career. If his shot looks more like the 27% (on 3.3 attempts) his sophomore season, he probably won’t stick.
Even if the Clippers want to bring a couple of the Agua Caliente Clippers (such as Rodriguez) to Summer League this year, there are still a handful of spots available, so stay tuned.