2013 NBA Draft: Los Angeles Clippers Should Look At Allen Crabbe

By John Raffel
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps the Los Angeles Clippers don’t have to go out of state when they decide which player to take for their first pick in the NBA draft.

The Clippers are slated to pick 25th and the player that some draft polls have in that range is shooting guard Allen Crabbe from California. At 6-6, 197 pounds, he possesses the skills that could make him a fine NBA player. It won’t happen over night, but Crabbe could emerge as a solid NBA player and the Clippers should look at him closely. He averaged 36.2 minutes per game with California this past season along with 18.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He shot 45.9 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent in threes and 81.3 percent in free throws.

His shooting and scoring skills are what the Clippers will find very attractive. He’s considered to be a good shooter and also a fine rebounder for a guard. Defensively, he’s very scrappy.

When it comes to offense, the Clippers will like what Crabbe does in the transition. He will provide them with a new aspect to that part of their floor attack.

But there’s a reason Crabbe isn’t ranked higher in the draft. He lacks what NBA scouts feel is the consistent intensity to perform at a high level every night. That will make him a liability at times. But within a few seasons, or maybe even sooner, he could develop that consistency and become an excellent player. The Clippers could stand drafting a player who will contribute immediately. Perhaps Crabbe is their guy.

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