Clippers Mock Draft Round Up

by Caden Kinard

LOS ANGELES — The Clippers, on the heel of a season-long fight for the playoff, enter the offseason holding an incredible opportunity to improve their roster with two high draft picks. In the team’s first foray into the lottery since 2010, everything went as expected for LA, who will select 12 and 13 in June’s draft.

The Clippers, who had a 2.18-percent chance to climb into the top-three with their own pick, kept their pick at 13. The Clippers’ 12th pick comes via the Detroit trade earlier this season. Had the Pistons’ pick landed in the Top-3, they would have kept their pick this season and the Clippers would have waited until next season for it to be theirs. Alas, the status quo remained.

Last season, only four team’s played their rookies more, yet the Clippers’ youth movement happened while still vying for a playoff spot. Head Coach Doc Rivers routinely turned to rookies and young players in key moments late in games, and now have a chance to upgrade their roster.

With 30 days remaining until the Draft, check out these mock drafts to see who ESPN, The Ringer, Sports Illustrated, CBS and SB Nation have projected to go to the Clippers.

ESPN

No. 12

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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No. 13

Lonnie Walker IV

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"Gilgeous-Alexander and Walker combine for an average wingspan of 6-foot-11 and balance each other out with contrasting skill sets and athletic profiles."
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The Ringer

No. 12

Troy Brown

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No. 13

Robert Williams

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"Brown is a prospect who can placate both sides of the divide... who can make difficult passes on the move and initiate a fast break... Williams is an athletic lob threat... with long arms and a strong frame."
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Sports Illustrated

No. 12

Collin Sexton

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No. 13

Robert Williams

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"Sexton is a natural scorer... whoever drafts him will hope he can grow into a lead-by-example type who can provide instant offense... Williams’s physically ready for the league and with the right level of nurture and growth could become a legitimate starter at center."
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CBS

No. 12

Robert Williams

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No. 13

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

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"Williams projects as a strong finisher, rebounder and shot-blocker who could be a 10-year starting center in the NBA... Gilgeous-Alexander could become a great perimeter defender in time, which is obviously a terrific skill in the modern NBA where perimeter players dominate the league."
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SB Nation

No. 12

Zhaire Smith

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No. 13

Collin Sexton

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"Smith ended up as one of the most valuable players in the country as a freshman, turning into a stat sheet stuffer and lockdown defender... Sexton is one of the draft’s best scorers through shear force of will. He’s a downhill point guard with good size... who is ultra-aggressive on both ends of the floor."
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