Clippers’ two-way prospect Angel Delgado named G League Rookie of the Year

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Delgado, who played collegiately at Seton Hall, said he was pleased with his season. LOS ANGELES — As rookie Shai Gilgeous-Angel continues to come into his own as the Clippers’ starting point guard, two-way center Angel Delgado has spent the season spreading his wings as a member of the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.Delgado, a much-liked 24-year-old from the Dominican, averaged 18.5 points and a G League-high 14.8 rebounds in his first season as a pro — a season-long effort that resulted in recognition Saturday as the G League’s Rookie of the Year.“The whole point of the G League is development,” Agua Caliente Coach Brian Adams said. “He really developed into more than just a rebounder: a post threat, defensively he’s great in pick-and-roll coverage and (he has the) ability to switch on a perimeter. It was a great year for him, and hopefully he can use this momentum to find his place with the big squad now.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img “I think I’m more mature right now and I understand the game,” Delgado said. “It’s tough coming to the NBA level and trying to figure it out, but I think I already figured it out and I’m ready for every challenge.”Delgado set the NBA G League record for rebounds in a game on Jan. 4, when he had 31 in a 112-94 victory over the Oklahoma City Blue. And he had six games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds, highlighted by a 40-point, 20-rebound effort in a March 12 victory over the Northern Arizona Suns.His 648 rebounds are the second-highest single-season total in G League history.“I’m just proud of myself, all of the stuff that I did this year, I just feel proud of it,” he added. “I’ve just gotta keep working to get better every single day.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he was happy to learn that a nice guy finished first in voting among the league’s 27 head coaches and general managers. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “If you voted our guys ‘who’s your favorite guy?’ there are certain people you want on your team and in your locker room, and Angel is clearly one of them,” Rivers said.Said Adams: “He’s literally an angel.”CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAYMontrezl Harrell took a hard spill Saturday, rolling his ankle in the second quarter of the Clippers’ 132-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.The Clippers’ tough guy in the post shook it off and got right back to the grind, scoring the Clippers’ next six points en route to a team-high 23.Banging and getting banged up is all part of the game, explained Harrell — who benefits from on-court contact, especially against players who’d rather avoid it.“They basically tell me when I’m on the court,” he said. “That’s the crazy thing. I don’t know why they do that. A lot of guys be like, ‘Hey man, that bump, man.’“But once I start hearing stuff like that, I just start getting even more amped up. I get it in my mind, ‘He don’t want to play this physical game.’ And then I’m just gonna do it more, more, more, each time down the floor. And by then, guys are gonna be worn out.”SHAMET MOVES UPClippers guard Landry Shamet continues to scale the all-time rookie 3-point shooting list.The former Wichita State star’s three 3s on Saturday increased his tally to 156 this season, which moved him past Matt Maloney and Allen Iverson and into a tie for eighth with Juan Carlos Navarro, who was a rookie for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2007-08.last_img

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