Gallery: Who will Clippers take in Thursday's NBA Draft?
Fewer things in life are more uncertain than the NBA draft. There are no sure things, and when you're drafting as low as the Clippers are -- 28th, ahead of only the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs -- there's a lot of guesswork. This much, however, is certain: The Clippers need a big man to fit into their rotation, and they may also need a backup point guard if Darren Collison opts to test free agency. Is either person in this draft class? Probably not, but here are some players who could be on the Clippers' radar.
A back injury limited McGary to just eight games last season, but he could develop into a solid rebounder. Although he's not much of a scorer, McGary is a hustler who can get up and down the court, making him a fit for coach Doc Rivers' system. He had a solid NCAA tournament in his freshman year, but his injury and a possible suspension after a positive test for marijuana ended his sophomore season.
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Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson: 6-5, 186
Most draft boards have Clarkson as a late first-rounder, so it's possible he could be there when the Clippers pick. He's capable of playing point guard or shooting guard and averaged 17.5 points last season after transferring from Tulsa. Clarkson is considered a good, not great, ball handler but could certainly grow under the tutelage of Clippers point guard Chris Paul.
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Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier: 6-1, 175
Will Napier still be available when the Clippers' turn comes? It's unlikely, but if he is, they'll undoubtedly take him. If Collison bolts, Napier could immediately fill in as Paul's backup. And considering he won two national titles at UConn, he’s the kind of winner that Doc Rivers loves.
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North Carolina forward James McAdoo: 6-9, 228
McAdoo might have been a lottery pick had he left Carolina following his freshman or sophomore seasons, but he elected to stay. It was a questionable decision. His stock fell, but his quickness and leaping ability might make him a good pick. McAdoo is more of a small forward than a power forward, but he could develop into a capable defender. On the other hand, he needs to work on his outside shooting.
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UCLA guard Jordan Adams: 6-5, 209
If Adams is still around, the Clippers may take a chance on the former Bruins shooting guard, who has a 6-foot-10 wingspan and good quickness but isn't particularly athletic. Adams reportedly has slimmed down from 230 pounds to 209, and he'll need to retain that discipline to succeed at the next level.