One of the pleasant surprises in the early-going of Clippers camp is rookie guard Mike Taylor, a late second-round pick the Clippers traded up with Portland to get because he’d turned in an impressive workout for them.
Coach Mike Dunleavy said Tuesday that Taylor has been “probably the most surprising guy in camp” thus far, and looks to be in line for playing time this year in the Clippers backcourt.
Taylor is being converted from a shooting guard to a point guard, a process that began last year when he played in the D-League, but still has a few hurdles to clear.
So far though, Dunleavy loves what he sees from the young, wiry, super-quick 6-foot-2 guard.
“He’s really done a nice job of defending, running his team, scoring points,” Dunleavy said. “I would bet you he was the leading scorer in practice today. He’s a rhythm guy and when he gets it going, he gets it going.”
Taylor still needs to improve on the number of turnovers he commits and game-management, Dunleavy said.
If he continues to develop, Dunleavy said Taylor could work his way into the rotation as a back-up point guard behind Baron Davis and Jason Hart.
Dunleavy has also said that first-round draft pick Eric Gordon can play point guard if necessary.