NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Lottery Picks Only
By Kohl Rast
#12: Los Angeles Clippers
Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
“For the first of the two Clippers picks, they will jump all over the biggest name to drop so far in the draft. Wendell Carter was an excellent player with Duke and it is kind of a shame that he is dropping so far in my mock. However, he is a great player and the Clippers are already looking for the heir apparent to DeAndre Jordan. As opposed to finding someone with a similar playing style, the Clips could use a good shooting 5 like Carter.” –Kohl Rast
Robert Williams, Texas A&M
“Robert Williams is a freak of nature. The power forward can jump to the moon off of one foot and finish a three point play in the process. His sophomore season was a bit of a disappointment considering how high the expectations were, which shouldn’t dissuade the Clippers from taking him.
The Clippers need a successor to Blake Griffin and might ultimately need one for Deandre Jordan should he leave in free agency. Williams is the type of player with an extremely high ceiling and should be an interesting player to watch from this class over the next couple of years.” –Evan Siegel
Collin Sexton, Alabama
“Some have suggested the Clippers should trade the 12th and 13th picks to move up in the draft, but I think they should keep both. They’re going to be in a full rebuild whether or not DeAndre Jordan opts in next season. Having two picks gives them a better chance at drafting a superstar, or at the very least two young, talented players to fill out their rosters.
Sexton would be a great start for a rebuild. He’s a little undersized for me, but he does have a long reach. And he can score. I don’t think he’s a player you build your team around, but he’s a great spark plug to energize a team going through a long reconstruction.” –Ben Zajdel
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