The LA Clippers’ front office can now get to work in preparing for a vital offseason, one in which the organization will own two lottery picks.
The team did not move up in the ping-pong ball hopper, meaning the Clippers will have two consecutive selections–Nos. 12 and 13–in next month’s NBA Draft. In what is considered by many to be a deep draft, LA will have to chance to add two key contributors for the 2018-19 season.
The second draft pick comes courtesy of the Blake Griffin trade. The Detroit Pistons relinquished a top-4 protected lottery pick in order to acquire the former All-Star.
The draft will take place on June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Legendary NBA executive Jerry West will play a pivotal role in reshaping the franchise, and he pointed to last year’ draft as a reason for optimism.
"One of the great rookies I've seen come into this league in a long time was drafted [13th] last year, Donovan Mitchell," West told the LA Times. "He's a star. Hopefully we can come up with those kind of players.”
This year’s draft will mark the first time since 2010 that the Clippers will select in the lottery. Several players to watch for Clippers fans are Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox, as well as Michigan State’s Miles Bridges.
The Phoenix Suns will select first overall.
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