The 3-1 jokes may be over for the NBA Twitterverse but the Los Angeles Clippers’ loss to the Denver Nuggets in the 2020 NBA Playoffs shouldn’t stop haunting them. Tabbed as the favorites to win the 2020 NBA Finals after signing stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers enter the offseason with more questions to answer than any other contender.
Where other contenders will simply be looking to refine their roster or bring back key free agents, the Clippers have a laundry list of offseason chores to complete: addressing team-wide chemistry concerns; developing the dynamic between Kawhi and PG13; handling the free agency of reigning Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell.
The draft wouldn’t have helped LA’s little brother franchise with those tasks anyways but with only a late second round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, all the Clippers could do is add depth at the backend of the roster or hope for a talented prospect to fall.
2020 NBA Draft Picks
|No. 57 overall|
Clippers Draft Needs
Although the Clippers fell short of their goal in 2019-20, they remain one of the most dominant teams in the entire league.
As a result, what LAC needs to use the draft for is covering minor blemishes, like their depth at point guard and small forward. Their depth at power forward could also be in question with Harrell and veteran Marcus Morris set to enter free agency.
Lastly, ranked 13th in opponent’s points per game last season despite an abundance of staunch perimeter defenders, the Clippers may also a defensive specialist at center.
2020 NBA Draft Prospect Watchlist
|No. 57 overall|
|SF Kenyon Martin Jr., IMG Academy|
|PG Tre Jones, Duke|
|SG Jay Scrubb, John A. Logan|
|C Nick Richards, Kentucky|
|PF Yoeli Childs, BYU|
What The Mocks Are Saying
|The Athletic||Kenyon Martin Jr. (No. 57)|