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LA Clippers Select Jerome Robinson With 13th Overall Pick In 2018 NBA Draft
The LA Clippers have selected Boston College guard Jerome Robinson with the 13th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, held this evening at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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Clippers land a pair of 6-6 guards, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, in NBA draft

After Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson each eased their way off the bus that ferried them from their hotel to the Barclays Center for the biggest night of their young lives, they wound up next to each other as they awaited the start of the NBA draft.

The two of them began to talk, two...

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Clippers Sign Center Angel Delgado to Two-Way Deal

The Clippers will have another young prospect on the team next year

That was quick. Within minutes of the draft ending, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports announced that the Clippers signed Seton Hall center Angel Delgado to a two-way contract.

Delgado was a four year player at Seton Hall, and one of the oldest players in the draft at 23.5 years of age. He’s a big man at 6’10” and 245 pounds, and is firmly a center at the NBA level. Delgado started all four years at Seton Hall, and was one of the best rebounders in the NCAA over his last two, averaging 12.5 boards (including 4.5 offensive) over his junior and senior years. Delgado isn’t much a shot blocker for a big man, averaging just 0.8 for his college career, but is able to make some plays, as he dished out 2.8 assists his senior year.

With DeAndre Jordan and Montrezl Harrell’s future with the Clippers up in the air, it’s quite possible that Delgado sees real minutes for the Clippers next year as their 3rd string center. If the Clippers’ veterans return, Delgado will assuredly carve out a spot in Ontario. His age and lack of top athleticism means he doesn’t have much upside, but he should be able to rebound and score in the post (and with a nice midrange jumper) from the get-go in the NBA. Be sure to check out this nice article detailing his post from fellow SB Blog East Coast Bias. Welcome to the Clippers Angel!

Sources: Undrafted Seton Hall center Angel Delgado has agreed to a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2018
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Gut Reaction to the Clippers’ Draft

Here are my quick, in-the-moment thoughts to what the Clippers did in the 2018 NBA Draft

The Clippers did some unexpected things in the 2018 NBA Draft. First, they traded up, but not for a top-tier pick. Instead, they moved up just one slot, getting Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from the Hornets in exchange for the 12th pick (Miles Bridges) and two future 2nd round picks.

I liked this deal. I honestly prefer Miles to SGA as a prospect, but Gilgeous-Alexander is good. He’s smart, he’s a versatile player, and if his shot improves, he could legitimately be a fringe All-Star level player. That’s a solid, solid pick towards the end of the lottery. There’s not much else to say.

Then the news came that the Clippers were taking Jerome Robinson at 13. That was less exciting. First, Robinson is another guard, and a guy who really needs the ball in his hands to be at his most effective. That not only conflicts with SGA (who can play off-ball, but is really a point guard), but also with the Clippers’ current roster, which is stacked with guards. At least two of Lou Williams, Pat Beverley, Austin Rivers, and Milos Teodosic will be on the move in the coming weeks, as there simply isn’t enough room on the Clippers’ roster for all these guards. But that’s fine: draft best pick, not need.

But my issues with Robinson are two-fold. First, he’s been projected towards the end of the 1st round for weeks. Even if some team in the late teens liked him, nobody within a handful of picks of the Clippers would have picked him. Therefore, if they loved him that much, a trade down to acquire other assets would have been preferable. Maybe they had intel that a team close on their heels in the order would have picked Robinson if available. It’s certainly possible. But on the surface, the pick seemed like a reach, and one that could have been made later in the draft.

Second, I just don’t think Robinson was near the caliber of prospects who were still on the board at 13. He can shoot from three, but he’s not that great at anything else. And even his shooting is a bit suspect, as he improved an exponential amount from his first two seasons in college to his junior year. Maybe the improvement was legitimate, maybe it was just an extended hot streak. For a guy who needs the ball in his hands, he’s not a great passer, though he is solid at operating the pick and roll. Worst of all, he’s a truly horrible defensive player, probably the worst of any perimeter player in this draft outside of possibly Trae Young. He can’t stay in front of anyone, and he’s too weak to hold his own against larger players in the post or going to the rim. As he bulks up he could improve, but he’s already 21, making it a little less likely that he fills out in a way a 19 year old might. The big hope will be that NBA coaching and teammates will get him to an acceptable level, but right now he gives up more points than he scores. He projects as a better shooting, worse creating, latter-day Jamal Crawford.

And while I trust and respect the Clippers’ front office, especially Jerry West, who is one of the smartest, most knowledgeable guys in the NBA, that doesn’t change how I personally feel. The appeal to authority — “so and so has been around and has all these accolades, so they clearly know best” — is a bad, tired one. NBA execs make terrible decisions all the time, yet they all rose to those positions through hard work and an incredible amount of time around basketball and the NBA. Sometimes even the best make bad decisions. Robinson, by consensus across respected online outlets, sites, and writers (ESPN, SI, The Stepien, The Athletic, etc) was not worthy of a top 20 pick. Many of those same sources didn’t even have him as a 1st round selection.

I hope Jerome proves me wrong. He’s a good, smart kid according to everyone who talks to him, and he was beloved by teammates at Boston College. Jerry West, again, knows what he’s doing. If anyone were to pull off a reach like this, it would be the Logo. But right now, I’m less happy than I might be.

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Clippers Select Jerome Robinson with the 13th Pick

The Clippers have chosen the Boston College scorer with the 13th pick

With the 13th pick in the draft, the Clippers have selected Jerome Robinson, a 21 year old guard from Boston College. Robinson was a fringe NBA prospect until his junior season, when he upped his efficiency and put together one of the best scoring seasons in BC history.

Robinson is a long player at 6’6”, but is thin at under 200 pounds, and there are some questions about what position he would play/defend in the NBA. He was a horrible defensive player in college, and that deficiency doesn’t promise to improve upon hitting the NBA. If he bulks up a bit he might be able to defend slower wing players, but right now he would be a massive weak link in any defensive scheme.

What Robinson brings is shooting, specifically three-point shooting. In his junior season he shot 40.9% from deep on 5.7 attempts per game, many of which were off the dribble. That kind of shooting is very valuable in today’s NBA, though there are questions about if his shooting was legit (he was a mediocre shooter his first two seasons in college).

There’s no doubt Robinson can score. At the NBA level, he might not have the athleticism to truly break down a defense, but his long strides should help him get by defenders even with average quickness. Still, he profiles primarily as a scoring guard off the bench, not as a starting level player. He needs to improve his defense, passing, and rebounding, but will have a solid NBA career if his junior-season shooting holds in the NBA.

The Clippers loved Robinson’s competitiveness, something they’ve talked about again and again when going over their draft process.

Sources: The Los Angeles Clippers are selecting Jerome Robinson with the No. 13 pick in the NBA draft.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2018
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The Clippers Trade Up For Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The Clippers have moved the 12 pick and two future 2nds to the Hornets for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

The Clippers have traded the 12th pick and two future 2nd round picks to the Hornets for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Alexander is a versatile 6’6” point guard with a monster 6’11” wingspan. Alexander was a stud playmaker and leader for Kentucky, averaging 14.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game. His shot is a work in progress, but he can score around the basket, and he puts his length to excellent use on both ends of the court. His size should enable him to guard wings when he bulks up, allowing him to play alongside smaller guards such as Pat Beverley or Lou Williams.

Shai is by all accounts a fantastic person, a kind and supportive locker room presence. He works hard, he likes to win, and he helped turn Kentucky’s season around as a freshman who wasn’t even expected to start going into the year.

To read more about Alexander’s fit on the Clippers, check out his profile from Clips Nation draft expert Trevor Magnotti.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on being traded to Clippers:”I’m playing for the team I want to play for. So this is good for me.”

— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 22, 2018
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2018 NBA Draft Rumor: Michael Porter Jr. Might Fall to Clippers

Just hours before the draft, Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr is rumored to be plummeting, as teams are scared by his medical history.

ESPN has a new mock draft up, and it has the Clippers selecting Michael Porter Jr at 12. The divisive forward from Missouri is apparently falling in the draft, as teams are scared of his medical history and troubles with both his back and hips. While a talented and athletically gifted player, Porter’s injuries appear to be too significant for teams to ignore.

On one hand, this is good for the Clippers. Most draft pundits have Porter as a top 10 talent in the draft, some as a top 5. Being able to draft him at 12 or 13 could pay off tremendously, and it would be very tough to pass on him in favor of less gifted prospects.

On the other hand... if 11 teams pass on him due to medical red flags, that’s really, really worrying. Maybe teams don’t think he will ever be healthy enough to play consistently, or maybe they believe his injuries will sap his athleticism, taking away his strongest claim to top-prospect status. Either way, he’s a huge risk.

Jerry West is a gambler, and it’s possible Michael Porter Jr. is the throw of the dice he will hold himself too. All we can do is wait and see.

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Austin Rivers to Opt-In to Contract

Per multiple sources on Twitter, Austin Rivers is opting into his player option

Austin Rivers has told multiple media members that he will opt into his $12.6 million dollar deal for next season to stay with the Clippers. This makes sense: while Austin is a good player, and useful in the modern NBA, the tight market this summer means he probably wouldn’t have seen a value that high as a free agent. He’s been in LA for years now, and is comfortable here, just making the decision easier.

However, Austin’s opting in does make him trade-eligible. His salary is medium-sized, perfect for trading, and while it’s a bit overpriced, he’s still an asset on that deal. In any trade for a superstar, Austin’s contract would go a long ways towards making up that new max contract.

Still, any such trade remains unlikely, so it looks like Austin will be a Clipper for another year. This would be the 25 year-old’s 4th full season with the team, making him the second-longest tenured Clipper behind stalwart DeAndre Jordan (who might leave this summer). Welcome back Austin!

Austin Rivers is opting in on his $12 million contract with Clippers for next season, he said.

— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 21, 2018
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2018 NBA Draft: Draft Order, Start Time How To Watch, Open Thread

Here’s everything you need to know.

What: 2018 NBA Draft

Where: Barclay’s Center, New York City

Who: All 30 NBA teams, and the 60 of the best new prospects in the league

When: 7:00 PM Eastern Time, 4:00 PM Pacific Time

TV: ESPN

Draft Order:

  1. Phoenix Suns
  2. Sacramento Kings
  3. Atlanta Hawks
  4. Memphis Grizzlies
  5. Dallas Mavericks
  6. Orlando Magic
  7. Chicago Bulls
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers
  9. New York Knicks
  10. Philadelphia 76ers
  11. Charlotte Hornets
  12. Los Angeles Clippers
  13. Los Angeles Clippers
  14. Denver Nuggets
  15. Washington Wizards
  16. Phoenix Suns
  17. Milwaukee Bucks
  18. San Antonio Spurs
  19. Atlanta Hawks
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves
  21. Utah Jazz
  22. Chicago Bulls
  23. Indiana Pacers
  24. Portland Trail Blazers
  25. Los Angeles Lakers
  26. Philadelphia 76ers
  27. Boston Celtics
  28. Golden State Warriors
  29. Brooklyn Nets
  30. Atlanta Hawks
  31. Phoenix Suns
  32. Memphis Grizzlies
  33. Dallas Mavericks
  34. Atlanta Hawks
  35. Orlando Magic
  36. New York Knicks
  37. Sacramento Kings
  38. Philadelphia 76ers
  39. Los Angeles Lakers
  40. Brooklyn Nets
  41. Orlando Magic
  42. Detroit Pistons
  43. Denver Nuggets
  44. Washington Wizards
  45. Brooklyn Nets
  46. Houston Rockets
  47. Los Angeles Lakers
  48. Minnesota Timberwolves
  49. San Antonio Spurs
  50. Indiana Pacers
  51. New Orleans Pelicans
  52. Utah Jazz
  53. Oklahoma City Thunder
  54. Dallas Mavericks
  55. Charlotte Hornets
  56. Philadelphia 76ers
  57. Oklahoma City Thunder
  58. Denver Nuggets
  59. Phoenix Suns
  60. Philadelphia 76ers

Required Reading:

Clips Nation’s 2018 NBA Draft Big Board

Can the Clippers trade up and snag Luka Doncic?

Clippers Targeting Memphis’ 4th Overall Pick, Jaren Jackson

Atlanta Hawks Targeting One Of Clippers’ Late Lottery Picks

2018 Clippers Mock Draft Roundup

Prospect Breakdown: Robert Williams

Clippers Bring Robert Williams in for Second Visit, Meeting with Ballmer

Prospect Breakdown: Kevin Knox

Prospect Breakdown: Wendell Carter Jr.

Prospect Breakdown: Miles Bridges

Prospect Breakdown: Mikal Bridges

Prospect Breakdown: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Prospect Breakdown: Michael Porter Jr.

Prospect Breakdown: Troy Brown

Prospect Breakdown: Zhaire Smith

Prospect Breakdown: Lonnie Walker IV

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Final 2018 NBA Clippers Mock Draft Roundup

The draft is a few hours away, and here’s who the top draft gurus have pegged to the Clippers.

Ok everyone! The draft is just a handful of hours away, and the Clippers are going to make two of the biggest picks in recent franchise memory. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the biggest NBA draft sites’ mock drafts as they pertain to the Clippers.

ESPN:

12: Trae Young

13: Jerome Robinson

Jonathan Givony of ESPN, formerly of Draft Express, is probably the single most plugged in guy when it comes to the draft. He says that the Clippers will take one of whichever top point guard (Young, Collin Sexton, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) will fall to them, and then select between one of Robinson, Kevin Huerter, and Robert Williams with the next pick. The first of those theories makes sense: the Clippers have been linked to point guards the whole draft, and those are the top three. The next does not, as Robinson and Huerter are both guys who should be going in the late teens, not the lottery, while Williams plays a completely different position from the two of them. I think if the Clippers draft Huerter or Robinson, it might be as part of a trading down package. While picking Robinson this early would be really, really bad, getting Trae would probably make up for it.

The Ringer:

12: Trae Young

13: Jerome Robinson

Interesting. It could be that the Ringer has the same sources as ESPN, or it could just be they have the draft playing on the same way. Still, this is a scenario to keep an eye on at this point.

Sports Illustrated:

12: Robert Williams

13: Collin Sexton

Jeremy Woo is also one of the best draft guys, and this mock draft worries me. Williams is fine, if unexciting, but Sexton is my least favorite of the point guard prospects by far. This would be a pretty bad “realistic” draft for the Clippers.

The Athletic:

12: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

13: Miles Bridges

This, on the other hand, from Michael Scotto, would be fantastic. The Clippers get their point guard (SGA is not projected to last to 12 in most mocks), and also pick up a highly talented wing player.

Washington Post:

12: Wendell Carter Jr.

13: Miles Bridges

Tim Bontemps is a top NBA beat reporter, but he’s not usually known for his draft coverage. Still, I’m sure he has sources, and this would be an absolute dream draft for the Clippers. I don’t see how Carter falls this far (if anything, he’s rising in recent mocks), but if he does, that would be incredible. And Bridges, again, is also a legit lottery prospect who would complement Carter beautifully with his scoring and shooting.

That’s it! We will keep you all posted as further news/rumors come out, but the mocks will be shifting every hour, so we won’t keep up with those on a group basis. These mocks are an odd grouping of incredible (WP and Athletic), mixed (ESPN), and disappointing (SI). Hopefully the Clippers and Jerry West pull off some magic on draft day.