Los Angeles Clippers Draft Report

Breaking down the draft picks and roster outlook of the Los Angeles Clippers heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 42-40 2018-19 W/L: 48-34

Finished 8th in the western conference (Lost 4-2 to Golden State in the first round of the playoffs)

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Team Needs:

Free Agents: Wilson Chandler, Garrett Temple, JaMychal Green, Patrick Beverly, Rodney McGruder, Ivica Zubac

Under Contract: Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson, Landry Shamet, Sindarius Thornwell, Tyrone Wallace

Pick 1: 2nd Round-48th Overall

Players who could available and fit with this pick:

PG: Ky Bowman, Jalen Lecque, Jordan Bone, Jared Harper

SG/SF: Darius Bazley, Admiral Schofield, Jaylen Hoard, Jaylen Nowell, Miye Oni

PF/C: Isaiah Roby, Grant Williams, Simisola Shittu

Pick 2: 2nd Round-56th Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Jaylen Hands, Shamorie Ponds, Jared Harper

SG/SF: Brian Bowen, Joshua Obiesie, Deividas Sirvydis, Oshae Brissett, Kouat Noi

PF/C: Tacko Fall, Moses Brown, Dewan Hernandez, Eric Paschall

The Clippers made strides last season getting back to the playoffs after missing out in 2017-18. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a productive rookie season and he should be the point guard of the future for the franchise assuming he continues to grow into that role. Lou Williams was great coming off of the bench averaging over 20 points per game during the regular season with Williams under contract for one more year in L.A., we should see an improved backcourt next season as Williams and Gigeous-Alexander become more comfortable playing on the floor together. They will have multiple decisions to make regarding free agents with names like Wilson Chandler, Patrick Beverly, JaMychal Green coming off of the books. None of those players will be huge losses that cannot be replaced should they head to other franchises, but it means that the Clippers could have a very different roster makeup once opening night hits next season. Danilo Gallinari has played well since coming over from Denver, and while he does have a large contract, last season he played at a level that made that contract feel a lot better for the team taking it on. Montrezl Harrell broke out offensively last season averaging 16.6 points per night, and he has a team friendly contract that is on the books for one more season. Los Angeles has a solid base to build around through free agency and in the draft to attempt to get the team into contender status next season, having two second round selections where they will look to add depth. Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and others are in their sights as potential signings, and if they do land one or a couple of big name free agents they could be on their way to being a legitimate contender in the west for the near future. 

Drafting a back up point guard is an option with names like Jalen Lecque, Jared Harper, Jordan Bone and Ky Bowman possibly being available, however they most likely will look to add another position. They could take a wing player with both picks and hope that one of them pans out enough to make an impact over the next few seasons. Miye Oni might be on the board by the time the Clippers are on the clock but he could be taken by that point, while Darius Bazley and Jaylen Hoard are also high upside players with question marks leading to their second round status. Jaylen Nowell would fit in well with how the Clippers like to play, and he could be a solid option going forward if the team loses Lou Williams after the season. A power forward or center that could stretch the floor would also make sense with one of their selections, and while there is no guarantee they will be available, players like Eric Paschall, Grant Williams and Isaiah Roby have the potential to become a stretch four type of player in the league. Tacko Fall could be in play with their last pick, as could local product Moses Brown who runs the floor well and can block shots with ease. Dewan Hernandez is a name to watch in the back half of the second round after his strong showing at the combine, and he could be a steal with his off the court problems being the main culprit behind his second round to undrafted stock. If we were drafting for Los Angeles we would take a scoring minded shooting guard or small forward with the first pick depending on what prospect was available, followed up by a power forward or center that can both play down low and stretch the floor with outside shooting. With Williams, Gilgeous-Alexander, Harrell, and Gallinari on the roster adding a couple more shooters or play makers makes the most sense to potentially make an impact on the team as they look to not only make the playoffs, but advance past the first round. 

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