On Friday night, the Agua Caliente Clippers kept their playoff hopes alive with a big 125-117 victory over the Texas Legends. WIth the win, the Clippers remain .5 games behind both the Salt Lake City Stars and Memphis Hustle, who currently hold the final two available playoff spots in the Western Conference. If all teams were tied up when the G League season ends at this time next week, the Clippers would hold an advantage over the SLC Stars due to sweeping them in the season series.
As has been the case for the past month, LA Clippers two-way player Angel Delgado was the biggest factor behind Agua Caliente’s win over Texas. In 42 minutes, he had 28 points, 17 rebounds and 2 blocks on 13-18 from field and 1-3 from the free throw line. Most of his points either came from cutting to the paint as a roll man or through putbacks after grabbing offensive boards. In regards to his work as a roll man, the Clippers two-way player is a big 6’10, 230 pound target that’s quick on his feet and has soft hands.
With that other scoring option, Delgado has had one of the best rebounding seasons in recent G League history. Currently, he’s averaging 18.7 points, a league-best 14.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 blocks on 62% from the field in 41 games. Not only have those numbers been good enough for him to be the G League’s current rebounding king, he’s in in extremely elite company when it comes to the history of the G League.
For one, he joins Jarrid Famous (2014-15) and Dwayne Jones (2009-10) as the only G League players to average at least 14 rebounds per game since the 2007-08 season. In addition to that, he’ll join Jones as the only G League players to collect 600 rebounds during the season when he grabs his first board in the Clippers upcoming game against the Texas Legends.
An area where he stands at the top of the mountain is as a defensive rebounder. In fact, he’s the first player in G League history to average at least 10 defensive rebounds per game. While both Jones and Famous both got close as they averaged 9.9 and 9.3 defensive rebounds, respectively in their respective years, the Clippers prospect is the only player to actually get into double digits.
Obviously, those stats would be incredible for any player that steps on a G League floor. However, it’s more impressive when you realize that Delgado has had arguably the best rebounding season in recent G League history as a 23/24-year-old rookie. That fact alone has allowed him to be a legit contender for G League Rookie of the Year. By combining that with how he’s averaged 18 points per game with a 63% True Shooting Percentage while also being one of the league’s best facilitating bigs, you have a player that any coach would love to have on their G League squad.
Will those factors lead to the Los Angeles Clippers retaining Delgado and signing him to a guaranteed contract this summer? That’ll remain to be seen. However, it is clear that Angel Delgado has had a rookie season that’s for the G League record books.