C.J. Wilcox (top) and Reggie Bullock/photos courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers on Monday announced their summer league roster and recent first-round draft choice shooting guard C.J. Wilcox is not on it.
According to head coach and team president Doc Rivers, Wilcox has an injured right shoulder.
Small forward Reggie Bullock, the team’s 2013 first-round draft choice, also is absent from the summer league roster because of a sore right quad sustained during the 2013-14 campaign.
“We would obviously love for both Reggie and C.J. to play in Summer League,” Rivers said. “However, we want to take a conservative approach in their rehab process and make sure they are fully healthy and ready to go for the start of training camp.”
The Clippers will play in the league from July 11-21 at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of University of Nevada Las Vegas.
C.J. Wilcox/photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
It’s kind of cool that shooting guard C.J. Wilcox could be competing with Jamal Crawford for playing time next season as the Clippers’ first-round draft choice plays the same position. Of course, Crawford is established and Wilcox is going to be a rookie, so it’s not likely Crawford will have to worry about getting enough minutes of his own.
Interestingly, the two know each other. Wilcox played college ball at University of Washington, and Crawford is from Seattle.
“He’s up in Seattle every summer, so he’s been in a lot of open gyms and a lot of runs,” Wilcox said. “I’ve competed against him and been around guys who are really close with him, so I know we’ll probably be able to mesh a little bit since we’ve spent some summers together up in Seattle and going against each other. Hopefully, he’ll take me under his wing and show me the ropes since I went to school in Seattle and he’s from that area. … I think he’ll help me take some strides.”
C.J. Wilcox (left)/photo by Associated Press
It wasn’t surprising to hear C.J. Wilcox talk about playing with point guard Chris Paul after the Clippers on Thursday drafted him with the No. 28 pick in the first round.
“Everyone watches Chris Paul; he’s the best point guard in the game,” said Wilcox, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of University of Washington. “He came and worked out with us up in Agoura Hills one time and it was good to see him in person, good to go against him and compete against him.
“I think that helped me get a sense of how he plays in person. I’m really excited. I know he’s really good at finding guys and getting in good positions to succeed. I think that’s going to help me in the long run.”