If someone told me six months ago that the Clippers would be playing in a game with Justise Winslow, James Ennis III, Xavier Moon, Kenyan Gabriel, and Amir Coffey on the floor, I’d think I was watching the Agua Caliente Clippers, the LA Clippers G-League affiliate team. If you told me that this specific lineup would help lift the Clippers over the Nets with Harden and KD, I’d tell you to quit dreaming. And yet, here we are.
The Clippers ’21-’22 season has been riddled with injuries, COVID protocols, and poor scheduling, but they still sit at a 21-21 record, the 7th seed in the West. Despite having to deal with all of these adversities, there have been some bright spots for the Clippers. One of these bright spots has proven to be none other than the brew master himself, Amir Coffey. A 6’7″ guard out of Minnesota, Amir Coffey has never been more than an extra body for the Clippers when their core rotation is injured. However, with his recent performance, Coffey has turned some heads and earned a spot in the Clipper rotation. Ty Lue even hinted at the fact that he wants Coffey in the starting lineup when superstar wing Paul George returns to action.
Over his past 11 games, Coffey has averaged 11.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1 steal on 66.8 TS%, logging an impressive +12.1 Total Net Rating (Justin Russo). Essentially, this man is doing it all and then some. He is contributing significantly to the “Next Man Up” mentality in the Clipper locker room and the guys love him for it. In a postgame interview, Reggie Jackson stated, “He played amazing. Never complains, just puts the work in.” Coffey’s commitment to his craft spoke for itself in the Clippers’ incredible 25-point comeback against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. By posting an impressive 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals, Amir Coffey is suiting up to be yet another hidden gem that the Clippers have in their already dangerous arsenal. And until the starters return, I cannot wait to hear what coffee puns Clippers commentator Brian Sieman can finesse into his play-by-play analysis.