DRAFT TRADE: Clippers acquire No. 11 overall pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in trade with Charlotte Hornets for No. 12 overall pick Miles Bridges and two future second-round picks

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Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas Of Strength
DeAndre Jordan is Mr. Clipper based on his longevity with the franchise and also his ability to stay healthy and become a mainstay in the lineup. Therefore, size isn’t an issue with the LA Clippers. And they also extended Lou Williams, who produced on a points-by-minute basis as good as anyone in the NBA. Add Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari and the Clippers are reasonably solid at the swing positions. They can direct their Draft strategy elsewhere unless a swingman is too strong to ignore.

Needs Work
Trading Blake Griffin in January left the Clippers without a true superstar and a go-to player; that might be tricky to fill from the draft, however. Also, while Patrick Beverley and Austin Rivers are reliable for the most part, neither is a true point guard or on the road to stardom. The task of replacing Chris Paul will now enter its second offseason, and the draft is rather thick with possibilities. The Clippers are one of the few teams without a top-flight option at point guard.

Two Stats That Matter
155 -- Clippers guards Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley (after he was acquired in a late-January trade), Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic missed a total of 155 games this season.

39 percent -- The Clippers took 39 percent of their shots, the highest rate in the league, in the restricted area.

-- John Schuhmann

The Way To Go
The Clippers didn’t hit paydirt in the lottery drawing but they do own the Nos. 12 and 13 selections, which means they’ll benefit from anyone falling out of the lottery or are sitting on the fence. Miles Bridges from Michigan State and Kevin Knox of Kentucky are a pair of promising forwards who could figure at either spot. The dream scenario, however, would be Trae Young or Collin Sexton falling; either point guard would fit because they’d provide scoring and a level of playmaking. Young in particular has the star appeal that could go over well in Los Angeles.

2017-18 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank) 
Offensive: 107.7 (8th)
Defensive: 107.7 (19th)

Under Contract
G: Lou Williams
G: Sindarius Thornwell
F: Danilo Gallinari
F: Sam Dekker
F: Tobias Harris
C: Boban Marjanovic

Free Agents
G: Patrick Beverley (team option)
G: Avery Bradley (unrestricted)
G: Austin Rivers (player option)
G: Milos Teodosic (player option)
F: Montrezl Harrell (restricted)
F: Wesley Johnson (player option)
C: DeAndre Jordan (player option)

Recent Draft History
No pick
2016: Brice Johnson (25), Cheick Diallo (33), traded to New Orleans
2015: No pick
2014: C.J. Wilcox (28)
2013: Reggie Bullock (25)
2012: Furkan Aldemir (53)

-- Shaun Powell

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