At the moment, the Los Angeles Clippers are still in the NBA Playoffs and still have dreams of winning the 2014 NBA Championship. However, with the NBA Draft coming up, the Clippers will need to address some of the concerns that have plagued them already this season. One of the biggest concerns moving forward is the team’s depth at forward.
Next to DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, the Clippers don’t really have a forward who can come in and contribute rather than just come in and let Jordan and Griffin rest. The Clippers already have most of the talent to win an NBA Championship sometime in the near future, but they need some depth. L.A. has to look no further than the LSU Tigers star forward Johnny O’Bryant III.
At LSU last season, O’Bryant led the team to a berth in the NIT tournament, averaging almost eight rebounds and 15 points per game. On top of that, he averaged around 1.5 APG and 1.0 BLKPG. He had nine double-doubles and scored 29 points in an LSU upset over the Kentucky Wildcats. He’s showed a lot of promise for the Tigers, and in all honesty, I’m disappointed that he didn’t stay another year because he could’ve jumped into the mid-first round.
I’m not saying that O’Bryant III is going to come in and be the go-to backup for Jordan and Blake; to say that about a rookie in a league as talented as the NBA would be crazy. However, with a head coach like Doc Rivers and mentors like Griffin and Jordan, O’Bryant III will develop quickly and be able to contribute to the team sooner rather than later.
O’Bryant III may not be the best available forward when the Clippers make a decision late in the first round, but, at just 20 years old, he’s got nowhere to go but up.