The NBA Draft is coming up, which means The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for each NBA team. Each day, a new team will be analyzed for their past season, their team needs and targets. Today, the Los Angeles Clippers will be evaluated.
The Clippers finished the regular season with a record of 48-34. They were the eighth seed of the Western Conference and faced the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers won two games against the Warriors but lost the series 4-2. Despite the loss, the Clippers showed they are a legitimate playoff team.
The Clippers have an interesting offseason ahead of them. They have been the subject of free agency rumors for the past few seasons. They have a chance to bring in players such as Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and other high profile names. While the Clippers have free agents such as defensive specialist Parick Beverley, there is a chance they will target at least one of the high profile free agents this summer.
The Clippers have two picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Second Round: Pick No. 48, Pick No. 56
Defense– The Clippers ranked 19th in defense with a rating of 110.3. They also ranked 22nd in blocks and 23rd in steals. The Clippers could use help on the defensive end of the floor.
Wings– The Clippers lack wing depth. They could rely on the draft to fill their lack of depth.
Backup Point Guard– Patrick Beverley will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He, along with others such as Lou Williams, handled the backup point guard role. If the Clippers do not retain Beverley, they can find another option through the draft.
Pick No. 48: Ignas Brazdeikis, SF, Michigan
Brazdeikis is a 6-foot-7 forward from the University of Michigan. He averaged 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Brazeikis is a skilled scorer with a mid-range game. He also has a high basketball IQ. While he needs to improve on the defensive end, Brazdeikis can contribute on the offensive end.
Pick No. 56: Jaylen Nowell, PG/SG, Washington
Nowell is a 6-foot-4 guard from the University of Washington. He averaged 16.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Nowell also shot 44 percent from the 3-point line. He averaged only 3.1 assists but showed glimpses of being a skilled passer. Nowell is a decent ballhandler and can create shots. If selected, he could be a valuable guard for the Clippers off the bench.