Despite being listed at 6’0″ and 175 pounds, fifth-year guard Yogi Ferrell plays with the heart of a giant.
So, when the Los Angeles Clippers decided to sign Ferrell to a two-year contract, it was easy to see what appealed to a team full of players with chips on their shoulders.
[Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Ferrell’s deal is non-guaranteed for the 2021-22 season]
Ferrell is now playing on his fifth team after going undrafted in 2016 but has only been able to suit up for more than 10 games with two franchises in his short career: the Sacramento Kings and the Dallas Mavericks.
Of course, given these two teams’ experiences with point guards Isaiah Thomas and J.J. Barea, respectively, there’s no question of why they were able to feel comfortable with a point guard of Ferrell’s stature playing heavy minutes. However, with the limitations provided by his physical profile, it’s been an uphill battle for the Indianapolis native
Playing in a bit role for the Clippers, Ferrell has averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 assists in 9.7 minutes per game (17.4 points and 12.4 assists per 36 minutes) while shooting .500 percent from 3-point range.
With starting guard Patrick Beverley out indefinitely due to a fractured left hand, expect Ferrell to continue to get minutes in the former’s absence. Especially with the age and injury history of backup guard Rajon Rondo, whom the Clippers acquired for shortly before the trade deadline.