By Brendan Patel on May 3, 2014
The Los Angeles Clippers are in a heated battle with the Golden State Warriors, but management will still have an eye on the upcoming draft. The Clippers have a lot of depth on the perimeter, but may think about trading some players to clear up cap space. They also need help in their frontcourt behind DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Here are five first-round options for them.
Glen Robinson III has a lot of athleticism and is capable of knocking down perimeter shots. He still needs to work on his offensive game, but if the Clippers decide to trade some wing players, he could be a viable option.
Isaiah Austin is one of the unique talents in this draft, capable of scoring inside and outside. The Clippers need to add depth to their frontcourt, and Austin’s shooting ability could help their second unit. He does have a thin frame, but would not be expected to play big minutes.
Nick Johnson is quietly one of the most athletic players in the draft. While not a point guard, he could be a key factor off the bench next to a player such as Jamal Crawford, where he might not have to handle the ball. He is a great competitor, and can help the Clippers defend the bigger guards in the conference.
P.J. Hairston did not play in college this year, but could give the Clippers another shooter off the bench. He has good size for his position, and can give the Clippers another cheap option if they choose to trade some of their current players.
Mitch McGary also did not play this season, but he is exactly what the Clippers need off the bench. He is a very physical player who is not afraid to mix it up down low. He does have injury concerns, but is worth the risk if still available at the end of the first round.
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