First-round selection C.J. Wilcox has just barely entered the league and he already has the right idea about how to do things. He wants to play, but he won’t demand anything. He’ll earn it this summer in the Clippers’ summer league.
“When I got to [the University of Washington], there were six guards ahead of me at that time and I had to figure my way out and work my way into the rotation,” Wilcox said, via ESPN LA. “I think being in that situation helped me prepare for a situation like this. I’m just going to take it as a challenge and come in and work hard and squeeze my way in.”
Squeeze is the operative word. Selected at 28, Wilcox will have to compete with starter J.J. Redick and 2014 Sixth Man of the Year, Jamaal Crawford. Doc Rivers wants Wilcox to work so he can see what the youngster is capable of.
“I just told him, ‘Shoot every time,’” Rivers said, via ESPN LA. “That’s the same thing we told Reggie last year. If he passes up a shot, his teammates will have to run and he gets to watch them. So by the end of Summer League his teammates will either love him or hate him. I want him to be very aggressive. We want to put him in positions during the regular season and teach him some of our system. I think it’s great for guards in the Summer League because you can put them in some of the things you do. I think it’s terrific.”