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2021 NBA Draft mock 1.0: Predicting the entire first round

2021 NBA Draft Cade Cunningham
Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
2021 NBA Draft Cade Cunningham Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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MBA Draft Max Abmas Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

2021 NBA Draft mock #26: LA Clippers: Max Abmas

The Clippers need playmakers. They added Rajon Rondo at the trade deadline to help them steady their offense. It is championship or bust for LA. They will be looking to lock up Kawhi Leonard long-term this offseason, but the pieces around their star duo could change drastically if the Clippers are bounced early in the playoffs.

Abmas is the best remaining point guard on the board. He had a breakout second season at Oral Roberts. The 20-year-old averaged 24.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.5 steals in 37.0 minutes per game. He shot 47.8 percent from the field, 43.3 percent on his threes, and 89.0 percent on his free throws. Abmas has NBA-logo range and should improve the spacing whenever he is on the floor.

The 20-year-old is listed at just 6’1 and 165 pounds. There are massive defensive questions. He is project selection. One that will be played off the floor during any action he sees as a rookie. Abmas could turn into an elite shooter that provides enough of an offense spark to be a sixth man.

The Clippers take the shot at his upside in the late first round. He made a massive leap last season, so do not count out Max Abmas.

Next: No. 27

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