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Milos Teodosic has long been regarded as one of the world’s best passers, and the new Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard showed off his skills during a preseason-opening loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday in Hawaii.
“He came over here for a reason to prove that he can play and be great over here,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters. “We’re really looking forward to him this season. We’re hoping he’s right.”
Teodosic, 30, finally arrived in the NBA via CSKA Moscow in Russia. The flashy Serbian was also recruited by the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves, among others.
He will be the newest playmaker trying to fill the shoes of Chris Paul, traded to the Houston Rockets this offseason.
While Teodosic scored just one point, he passed for eight assists.
“Teodosic’s first assist was a lob pass to Danilo Gallinari in the first quarter for a basket,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “Teodosic then threw a nice, simple bounce pass inside for a DeAndre Jordan dunk. Next, Teodosic threw an underhanded scoop pass to Blake Griffin (18 points) inside for a basket.”
It’s hard to say exactly how Teodosic will impact the Clippers in the long run, but one thing is clear — he can keep the ball moving, delivering it to the main scorers and not worrying about getting his own.
Perhaps it will prove to be what the Clippers have been seeking all along.
“Everybody that can score catches up to a passer,” Rivers told reporters. “There’s no coincidence that when Milos is on the floor, DJ turns into Usain Bolt and was running down the floor full speed, because he wants to give you the ball.”