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Two-Way Tracker: Meet New Clippers Guard Amir Coffey

By Jake Winderman | August 1, 2019

Player: Amir Coffey

College: Minnesota (2016-2019)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-8, 210 pounds

NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: LA Clippers/Agua Caliente Clippers

College Breakdown: Coffey comes to the Clippers fresh off three seasons at Minnesota, where he was named to the All-Big 10 Third Team in 2019 and the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2017. Out of high school, Coffey was named Minnesota Mr. Basketball in 2016. The former Golden Gopher ranked third in the Big 10 during the 2018-19 season in minutes per game (35.2), sixth in points per game (16.6), seventh in field goals made (198) and tenth in assists per game (3.2). Coffey led Minnesota to two NCAA Tournaments in his three seasons in Minneapolis and started all 36 games during his final year in college.

Scouting Report: Coffey’s wide range of skills is perhaps his biggest upside at the next level. The 6-foot-8 guard with a near 7-foot wingspan can distribute in tight spaces off of pick-and-rolls, knock down corner 3-pointers and acrobatically finish at the rim with ease. He also has the size and prowess to defend point guards through power forwards on the other end of the floor. If Coffey can knock down shots at a slightly more consistent clip than he did in college and tighten up his dribble, he has one of the highest upsides of any second-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Organizational Fit: Coffey joins a newly assembled Clippers squad featuring star wings in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and effectively contrasting point guards in Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet. While LA seems to be loaded with wings, Coffey’s versatility will help him become a plug-and-play type of player early in his career. He can step up as a ball-handler when needed, while at the same time having the ability to sink into a 3&D role with more effective floor generals on the court.

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