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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Los Angeles Clippers Should Target

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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Los Angeles Clippers Should Target

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The Los Angeles Clippers are enjoying their recent run of success, only four games out of first place in the deep Western Conference. They have survived injuries to Chris Paul, and have been able to add depth on the wing and in the post in anticipation of a playoff run. Regardless of what happens in the playoffs, the Clippers are still a young team with plenty of potential. They have the best point guard in the NBA, a budding superstar in Blake Griffin, and an evolving anchor on defense in DeAndre Jordan. The future definitely looks bright for them.

The Clippers currently have two draft picks in what should be a loaded 2014 NBA Draft. While adding Danny Granger and Glen Davis certainly helps two of their most glaring weaknesses, it does not offer a long-term solution. The Clippers will need to find a wing player who can shoot to help spread the floor, as well as a backup big man to give Griffin and Jordan a breather. Another point guard on the roster would not hurt, especially with the injury problems that the Clippers have had in the past.

Lucky for them, they do not need to draft a superstar. Their focus should be on finding role players who can fit in with the team and give them options going forward. Of course, no one will complain if they do happen to find the next superstar, but a diamond in the rough seems more likely. Here are five players who they should strongly consider in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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5. P.J. Hairston

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After getting kicked off of his college team, P.J. Hairston has found himself in the D-League. Similar to last year’s pick, Hairston has good size to play on the wing. More importantly, he has a very nice stroke and could develop into a good 3-point shooter in the league.

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4. C.J. Wilcox

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C.J. Wilcox has had the luxury of playing with several players now currently in the NBA, but he has evolved into a go-to scorer in the past two years. He has recently shown that he is more than just a shooter, although shooting over 40 percent from deep certainly will not hurt his stock. More importantly, his size and athleticism have helped him average at least a block and a steal per game the past two seasons.

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3. Jahii Carson

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Jahii Carson is one of the fastest players in the country and is lightning-quick off of the dribble. While a bit undersized, he could find himself in a great situation with the Clippers, learning from two undersized NBA point guards in Paul and Darren Collison.

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2. Patric Young

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Patric Young is a high-motor big man who is still extremely raw offensively. He will likely be taken later in the draft, but is someone the Clippers should strongly consider. He is not a player who will challenge for a scoring title anytime soon, but someone who is willing to do the dirty work to help his team win.

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1. Jordan Bachynski

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Jordan Bachynski averages over eight rebounds and four blocks a game. While not skilled offensively, he would give Doc Rivers a potential rim-protector with the second unit, something they badly need.