Ralph Lawler's Take on the Draft
The drama for the Los Angeles Clippers at the NBA Draft boiled down to picks number six and seven, just ahead of their own selection at number eight in the first round of the draft.
The Clippers hopes were happily realized when Golden State grabbed Baylor center Ekpe Udoh at number six and then Detroit cooperated with the selection of big man Greg Monroe of Georgetown at number seven.
The decks were cleared for the Clips to get their man: Six-foot-8 inch Wake Forest sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu. He can play both forward positions and teamed with Blake Griffin, he will give the team two of the league's most athletic forwards.
Clipper Basketball Operations Executives Neil Olshey and Gary Sacks each saw Aminu in person at Wake Forest at least 10-times this season. In addition, the two watched him through two summers of AAU ball during his high school years. The Clippers have a long history of following this young man and are happy to add him to the fold.
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The Clippers concluded a surprisingly active first round in the NBA Draft by acquiring an exciting, young back-up to point guard Baron Davis in Kentucky freshman Eric Bledsoe.
Bledsoe is a combo guard who can jump out of the gym and score in bunches. The Clippers are looking like one of the youngest and most athletic teams in the league now as the 20-year old Bledsoe joins young guns Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan and 2010 number eight pick Al-Farouq Aminu. That is four in the store at 21 and younger.
The Clippers will complete their day with the 54th pick in the 2010 draft. Then the attention turns to adding a new head coach and preparing for the July 1st Free Agent free for all.
Aminu and Bledsoe are expected to join veteran big man Jordan on the Clippers summer league team in Las Vegas...
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