2013 NBA Draft: The Los Angeles Clippers Should Draft Missouri Tigers’ Phil Pressey

By Taylor Sturm
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers had a respectable NBA season, despite falling short to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2013 Western Conference NBA Playoffs. Chris Paul is (hopefully) going to stay in Los Angeles, and the Clippers are an NBA team that is on the rise. Which raises the question, how can a talented team bolster its already talented roster in the 2013 NBA Draft? By taking a chance and drafting Missouri Tigers’ point guard Phil Pressey.

It sounds crazy to suggest that the Clippers should waste their lone pick of the 2013 draft on a gamble, but Los Angeles already has the talent to make an NBA Finals run next year. They don’t need a franchise player out of the draft, and Pressey fits in perfect with the Clippers’ style of play. They’re called “Lob City” because of the entire team’s ability to create space, connect with Paul’s pass and slam it in down low – exactly the aspect of the game that Pressey excels in.

Pressey’s greatest asset is his passing ability, and his greatest weakness is his decision making ability. If he comes off the bench, the Clippers have the talent to let Pressey just pass when he’s on the floor. Paul would be the perfect mentor for Pressey because they’re both short, pass-first point guards. Paul needs a good young back-up; Pressey would fit perfectly behind him with the Clippers.

The Clippers needed a year to get adjusted as a complete team. Next year, they should be one of the best teams in the Western Conference, and at times, looked like one of the best offensive teams in the league. So, why not use their pick to draft a player that is built like their superstar as a back-up, while improving Pressey’s decision making skills in order to groom him into a more complete NBA player?

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