Stein: Chris Wilcox is Fallback Option to Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom

Apr 12, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Chris Wilcox (left) listens to head coach Doc Rivers (right) during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Per Marc Stein of ESPN,

Sources close to the situation say that Wilcox, who Clippers coach Doc Rivers knows well after their time together in Boston, is in L.A.’s thoughts as a fallback options should it ultimately decide to pass on bringing back Odom.

via Wilcox on Clips’ radar as Odom fallback | Stein Line Live

I suggested earlier in the season that Chris Wilcox or Jason Collins, both of whom played under Doc Rivers in Boston, could be brought in to sure up the bench defensively here. Seems like the front office is on the same wave length as I am.

As far as Wilcox being a fallback option to Lamar Odom, I can’t help but look at this as backwards thinking. Based on his last two seasons, Odom isn’t going to add much on the offensive end. And quite frankly the Clippers don’t need much. Only two teams have a better offensive rating than the Clippers at this moment. What they need is defense and Wilcox is a better option than Odom due to his size and familiarity with Doc’s system.

Many will point to last years “A Tribe Called Bench” numbers as their case for Lamar getting the spot over Wilcox, but too many factors are involved to give Odom too much credit. It helped playing alongside Eric Bledsoe, Matt Barnes and Ronny Turiaf, all defensive-minded players.

We’ll see how this plays out in the coming weeks.

Topics: Chris Wilcox, Doc Rivers, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Free Agency

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