We resume our Mock Draft with a light at the end of the tunnel- the LA Clippers are up at #25 overall, and I am excited to welcome back Mr. Kevin Lipe to GBB to make the selection. Kevin is a former GBB Site Manager (he helped give us our name "Grizzly Bear Blues") and currently runs the Memphis Flyer's Beyond the Arc Blog. He does good work, and is good people.
With the 25th pick in the 2016 GBB Community NBA Mock Draft, the LA Clippers select...
Patrick McCaw, Guard, University of Nevada Las Vegas
An interesting choice by the Clippers' Mock GM. Here is Kevin's though process on the pick-
I tried to think of a way to trade this pick for Jeff Green for Mullinax's sake before I remembered the Clippers already traded a first rounder for him and had a good laugh about it. (And then cried, because Jeff Green.)
Going to be honest: the NBA Draft is not my strong suit. Really, I'd probably be a pretty mediocre-to-bad NBA GM (though I don't like to admit that to myself too often). Fortunately, since I'm drafting as the Clippers, I get to pretend to be Doc Rivers, which means that being a mediocre NBA GM is exactly the right mindset from which to make a selection.
With that said, the Clippers are in a weird situation, one not dissimilar from that of the Grizzlies: they need help at the wing, and they've needed help at the wing for a while now. This far back in the draft, it's probably smarter to take the best player available than to draft for need, but I'm Doc Rivers, so I'm drafting for need anyway.
I'm selecting Patrick McCaw of UNLV. He's primarily known for his defense, something the Clippers could use some help with on the wing, and he can shoot OK (36% from 3 in college overall) with good skill shooting off the dribble or coming off screens. He may never be a dynamic scorer, but he can create a little bit if necessary. The Clippers are always in need of a small forward, it seems, and McCaw seems to be a pretty good bet to be a solid rotation player in the league--well worth using a first round pick on.
Another rising star of recent draft boards is off the board. Who will Philly take at #26 overall?
|June 2nd||1/Philadelphia||Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke University||Joe Mullinax|
|June 2nd||2/LA Lakers||Ben Simmons, Forward, LSU||Corban Ford|
|June 3rd||3/Boston||Marquese Chriss, Power Forward, Washington||Chip Williams|
|June 3rd||4/Phoenix||Dragan Bender, Power Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv||Kyle Whittington|
|June 6th||5/Minnesota||Buddy Hield, Guard, Oklahoma||Aimee S|
|June 6th||6/Denver||Jamal Murray, Guard, Kentucky||Mopizzle11|
|June 7th||7/Denver||Domantas Sabonis, Forward/Center, Gonzaga||Mopizzle11|
|June 7th||8/Sacramento||Kris Dunn, Guard, Providence||Brandon C|
|June 8th||9/Toronto||Henry Ellenson, Forward, Marquette||Tabitha|
|June 8th||10/Milwaukee||Timothe Luwawu, Guard/Forward, Mega Leks||Kevin Yeung|
|June 9th||11/Boston||Jaylen Brown, Guard/Forward, California||Chip Williams|
|June 9th||12/Utah||Jakob Poeltl, Center, Utah||BealeStreetKen|
|June 10th||13/Phoenix||Skal Labissiere, Forward/Center, Kentucky||Kyle Whittington|
|June 10th||14/Memphis||Denzel Valentine, Guard/Forward, Michigan State||Joe Mullinax|
|June 13th||15/New Orleans||Taurean Prince, Forward, Baylor||Wes George|
|June 13th||16/Orlando||Deyonta Davis, Forward/Center, Michigan State||Daron Koch|
|June 14th||17/Chicago||Wade Baldwin IV, Guard, Vanderbilt||Brandon C|
|June 14th||18/Detroit||Dejounte Murray, Guard, Washington||Joe Mullinax|
|June 15th||19/New Orleans||Furkan Korkmaz, Guard/Forward, Turkey||Wes George|
|June 15th||20/Indiana||DeAndre Bembry, Guard/Forward, St. Joseph's||Aimee S|
|June 16th||21/Atlanta||Brice Johnson, Forward, North Carolina||Joe Mullinax|
|June 16th||22/Charlotte||Ivica Zubac, Center, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Justin Sims|
|June 17th||23/Orlando||Thon Maker, Forward, High School Senior||Daron Koch|
|June 17th||24/Philadelphia||Demetrius Jackson, Guard, Notre Dame||Jama17|
|June 20th||25/LA Clippers||Patrick McCaw, Guard, UNLV||Kevin Lipe|
|June 20th||26/Philadelphia||Joe Mullinax|
|June 21st||28/Phoenix||Kyle Whittington|
|June 22nd||29/San Antonio||Jill Kong|
|June 22nd||30/Golden State||rhinoh23|