By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on June 19, 2014
The Los Angeles Clippers are a team hoping to contend for a title, and while they will be looking to sign plenty of veterans willing to come in for fewer dollars in hopes of getting a ring, the Clippers want to add some youth too. Here are five prospects the team should avoid in attempts to find that youth.
McGary could be an attractive option for a lot of teams at the bottom of the first round, if he is healthy of course. McGary sat out all last season at Michigan due to back problems, and if this is an issue going forward then it could spell doom over his career in the NBA. The Clippers are trying to win now and cannot afford to take a gamble on a player like McGary if he is not healthy.
Anderson has a lot of potential due to his size and feel for the game. However, potential is not going to cut it for a Clippers team that is looking for immediate impact. Not only is Anderson far from a finished product, but many have said he will remain a non-factor on defense due to his lack of elite lateral quickness and athleticism. The Clippers need defenders, and Anderson simply is not one.
Capela intrigued a lot of scouts at the combine, and for good reason. He is an athletic forward who is a great finisher and rebounder as well as a shot blocker down low. Capela has enormous potential if he can ever put everything together, but a prospect without offensive skill will not be high on the Clippers' draft board, as the team lives off of outscoring the opponent on some occasions.
Grant is a pogo stick athlete who can really move in all directions and be active on both ends of the floor. Unfortunately, Grant is limited offensively and lacks polish on both ends of the floor, two things that could lead to him not being a target of many teams, including Los Angeles.
Young has potential to be a good rotation big who can be physical, rebound and play defense. Unfortunately, Young is a little undersized for his position, and the Clippers could really use a true center with enough size and length to step in for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Young shows promise, but he is not a good enough fit for the team and should be passed on no matter how tempting he could be depending on who is left.
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