Welcome to our annual Clippers season in review series. Every day until the end of July, we’ll be taking a look back at the players who ended the season with the Clippers (apologies to Malik Fitts and Mfiondu Kabengele). Today, we continue with Amir Coffey.
Name: Amir Coffey
Years in the NBA: 2
Key stats: Coffey played in 44 regular-season games, averaging 9.0 minutes per contest. He shot 22-of-47 on 2-pointers and 23-of-56 on threes.
Future contract status: Coffey’s two-year, two-way contract is up. The Clippers can bring him back on a two-way deal for one more season or extend a qualifying offer (at the league minimum) to Coffey to make him a restricted free agent.
Coffey was on a two-way contract this season, but showed flashes when given opportunities with the Clippers. He appeared in a total of 44 games, averaging nine minutes per game. Usually it was mop-up duty, but he did play some significant minutes when the roster was slim with injuries.
Coffey’s ability to be ready on any given night was huge for the Clippers, especially when they needed it at times. While going back and forth between the NBA and the G-League, Coffey has a number of memorable performances for LA when called upon during the regular season.
When short-handed, Coffey delivered multiple times for the Clippers. In a February matchup at home against the Heat, he gave LA 32 minutes off the bench. He scored a season-high 15 points while going 5-for-6 from deep.
There were 10 games during the regular season in which Coffey played at least 16 minutes. Whether it was scoring, knocking down threes, playing solid defense or giving the Clippers that needed energy-boost, Coffey did a great job in his role. During the season, Coffey knocked down at least one three-pointer in 14 games.
Coffey is still only 24 years old and only has 60 regular season games under his belt. He’s shown he’s capable of knocking it down from deep, but he could definitely work on expanding his offensive game from inside the three-point line. Through two seasons, he averages 1.2 3PT attempts per game, but is averaging only 1.3 2PT attempts per game.
If he can work on getting to the rim and learning how to finish, plus potentially develop a consistent mid-range kind of shot, Coffey can definitely be a valuable bench piece in the coming years.
Future with the Clippers:
As mentioned above, the Clippers can bring him back on a two-way deal for one more season or extend a qualifying offer (at the league minimum) to Coffey to make him a restricted free agent. He showed promising flashes when given the opportunity, and another year of development with the Clippers can do him wonders.