DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #1
|7. Eric Gordon||14. Al Thornton||None||12. Yaroslav Korolev|
|* Draft rights traded|
With Marcus Camby, Chris Kaman, DeAndre Jordan and Zach Randolph all 6-foot-9 or taller and capable of playing either the four or the five, the Clippers have some muscle down low. Blake Griffin will help L.A flex that strength even more.
At times last season it was easier to check the injury report than the active roster if you wanted to know who was on the Clippers. Baron Davis, Camby, Randolph, Kaman, Mike Taylor and even the durable Al Thornton all missed significant chunks of the season.
The traditionally downtrodden franchise finally had a stroke of luck, landing the No. 1 pick despite having just the third-best chance of doing so. Are you ready to trade Oklahoma's crimson and white for the Clippers' red, white and blue, Blake Griffin? In a draft that is increasingly looking like a one-horse race, L.A. already finds itself in the winner's circle with the 6-10, 250-pound man-child in Griffin. With only 10 players under contract for next season, Mike Dunleavy will have the roster spots to add some talent (L.A. lacks a wing defender off the bench), but he'll have to do it on the cheap because the Clippers are already flirting with the salary-cap mark.