Many enjoy Boban Marjanovic simply because he’s the largest human being they’ve ever seen.
There’s something rather captivating about a man hanging off the rim with both feet planted on the ground, or making a 6’10 opponent look like a child.
But there’s much more to Boban than his size, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers knows it.
Rivers has spent the season doing everything people to unlock Marjanovic’s potential.
For starters, Doc has provided Boban with a career-high 11.1 minutes per game this season, which he’s using to put up 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
And while it’s a slightly flawed statistical exercise, this extrapolates to 24 points and 14.4 rebounds per 36 minutes.
“I just thought, ‘Let’s see if (Marjanovic) can play,’” Rivers told The Orange County Register.
“We’ve gotta find out who he can play against and who he can’t.
“This is the most minutes he’s ever played in his career, so he’s gonna keep learning.”
Rivers added that he wanted Boban to develop the ability to take advantage of mismatches.
“(Against the Lakers on Friday), every time we threw the ball in the air, it was like the whole team converged on him,” he said.
“He’s gotta learn how to make that skip pass — which he can make.”
Marjanovic is also expected to work on his conditioning and his outside shot.
If Rivers’ vision comes to life, the mere mortals tasked with defending Boban won’t stand a chance.
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