On Friday, Clippers Two-Way Player Angel Delgado set a new NBA G League single-game record with 31 rebounds in Agua Caliente’s win over the OKC Blue. Such a splash may have been a surprise to some, but this kind of performance was simply another example of how the big man has asserted his physicality all season long.
As the NBA G League’s top leading rebounder with 14.5 per game, it’s clear that Delgado has a monopoly on how to position himself inside. He boxes out well and has terrific instincts when it comes to crashing the glass. His rebounding is a demonstration of his great athleticism, combined with a hunger never to let up and always do what it takes to keep possessions alive or spark a potential fast break on the other end.
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Delgado’s unselfishness to sacrifice his body in such a way makes him a consummate teammate. And while much of his rebounding strength benefits the Clippers on the defensive end, the Seton Hall product’s offensive game is becoming more refined as well.
In his first professional season, Delgado is already making vast improvements. He’s quickly come to the realization that upon rebounding the ball with ease, high percentage looks underneath the basket are well within his grasp — quite literally, in fact. He’s now more accustomed to putting the ball back up for easy buckets, as evidenced by his shade under 16 points per game contest. He was a 12.1-point scorer over his collegiate career.
Currently shooting an efficient 58% on the season, the Clippers (winners of their last three) have been reaping the benefits of his increased confidence on that end of the floor. ACC assistant coach and former NBA player Zendon Hamilton has worked with him closely this season in hopes of elevating his game even further. So far, so good.
This means a promising future could very well be waiting for Delgado when his time with LA eventually comes in the NBA. Players enjoy taking the court alongside someone who does the dirty work and is willing to endure various bumps and bruises inside. Having tallied 10 games with three assists or more this season, Delgado is a guy who keeps his eyes peeled for teammates close to the hoop when he reels in the boards.
With so many other top-notch offensive weapons at the next level, his style of play could complement others quite nicely. At the same time, the type of progression he’s shown already is proof that he’s well on his way to becoming more polished offensively as a strong finisher inside. Either way, he’s clearly found quite a niche on the hardwood.