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In today’s episode of the Locked on Clippers podcast, I took a look at some key events in the 2017 NBA Draft. Then, I broke down the Clippers’ two trades to purchase picks 39 and 48, as well as the two prospects that they selected: Jawun Evans from Oklahoma State and Sindarius Thornwell from South Carolina.
For now, the Clippers can’t discuss the 39th pick.
For the next week, the Clippers will have to stay quiet regarding Jawun Evans, the Oklahoma State rookie who the Philadelphia 76ers chose for the Clippers with the 39th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Clippers purchased both the 39th pick and the 48th pick in the draft in two separate deals.
However, when Clippers executive Lawrence Frank addressed the media following the draft, he only commented on Sindarius Thornwell, declining to answer questions regarding Evans due to the fact that the deal for the 39th pick was not yet completed.
To prevent teams from excessive buying and selling, the NBA places limits on the amount of cash that a team can send and receive in a given season. For the 2016-2017 NBA season, that number was set at $3.5 million. The Philadelphia 76ers had already received $3.4 million in trades this season—$1.8 million from the Cleveland Cavaliers and $1.6 million from the Utah Jazz, both in minor moves. Since the maximum is $3.5 million, the Clippers would have only been able to legally trade the 76ers $100,000 for the 39th pick. For reference, the Golden State Warriors purchased the 38th pick for the full $3.5 million—making $100,000 a laughable price.
To work around this, the Clippers and 76ers will complete this trade on July 1st, when the 2017-2018 cap year begins and Philadelphia’s number resets to $0.
As of now, there has been no indication as to the amount that the Clippers payed for the 39th pick.
When Clippers executive vice president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank stood before the media late Thursday night to discuss the team buying its way into the NBA draft, he was forced to pivot toward the rumors about the team looking to trade center DeAndre Jordan.
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Per NBA.com’s David Aldridge, the Clippers are signing Isaiah Hicks from the University of North Carolina as a free agent. The terms are unknown, but the deal is probably for a non-guaranteed contract.
After picking up Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell in the second round of the draft, the Clippers continued to make moves, signing power forward Isaiah Hicks of North Carolina to a training camp deal. Hicks was ranked 60th on Draft Express’ top 100 prospect list, making him a borderline second round pick.
Hicks is a traditional power forward, solidly built at 6’8’’ and 230 pounds. He plays more like an old-school “4” as well, hitting the offensive glass hard and scoring around the basket. Hicks has a nice touch on his short-range shots near the rim, though his game is more effective than flashy. That touch also translates to his free throw shooting (over 75% in his last two seasons), which is a good sign for his ability to move his offensive game outside. Right now, however, he has a limited jumpshot and mostly sticks to the paint.
Hicks is athletic, which helps him get offensive boards and finish near the hoop. That athleticism also helps him defensively, as he is quick around the perimeter, capable of sticking with smaller players (for shorter stretches, anyway). He’s not huge, and bigger players might overwhelm him in the post, but NBA players of that back-to-the-basket type are diminishing in number every year.
Hicks is almost 23, and has considerable college experience at the absolute highest level, being a key contributor for the Tarheels in both the 2016 season (runner-up) and 2017 (title winners). He was huge in the championship game against Gonzaga, scoring 13 points, pulling down 9 boards, and blocking 2 shots. That came against NBA (or at least professional) caliber opposition, which bodes well for his translation to league play.
Hicks has to improve his jumpshot and rebounding if he is to have a lengthy NBA career, but his energy and athleticism could help him carve out a role even so. The Clippers must like him a bit considering they jumped on him so soon after the draft, though right now he’s probably only signed to a training camp deal. We will have updates on his status as more news comes in.
North Carolina G Isaiah Hicks signing with the Clippers, per source.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 23, 2017
Peering out onto the draft party inside the Lakers’ El Segundo facility, 10 spotless golden trophies, symbols of excellence in the NBA, sit behind a glass window.
You can see them, but you can’t touch.
It’s a feeling teams around the NBA can surely relate to right now.
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The Clippers bought the 48th pick in the draft, taking Sindarius Thornwell from the University of South Carolina. The 2017 SEC Player of the Year, Thornwell is a terrific talent who shouldn’t have fallen nearly as far as he did.
Weight: 214 pounds
Senior Year Stats: 21.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.1 spg, and 2.5 topg in 33.9 minutes per game on 44.5/39.5/83 shooting (4.7 3PA and 8.4 FTA per game).
Awards: SEC Player of the Year in 2017, All-SEC Defense First Team in 2016 and 2017, All -EC Freshman in 2014
Strengths: Thornwell was a two-time All-SEC First Team Defensive Player for a reason. He plays defense with intensity, moves his feet well, and is tough to back down in the post. He has enough size and length to bother larger players, and is capable of switching screens against positions 1-3 and defending capably. That effort also translates to the glass, where he pulled down over 7 rebounds per game, a terrific number for a guard, and one that is promising for his NBA career. Even in the NBA, against much better competition, Thornwell should be a plus defender at multiple positions, and might even be a non-negative in his rookie season (rare for a rookie).
After being a merely ok shooter for his first three seasons in college, Thornwell exploded in his senior year, taking more threes than ever before and hitting them at a much higher rate. While he has a somewhat slow shot release and his mechanics aren’t perfect, his boost in percentage along with pretty good free throw shooting means it’s possible his shooting translates. If chased off the line, Thornwell can make plays off the dribble, and is a solid passer, though he can be turnover-prone at times. Sindarius has the size and strength to bully his way to the rim and draw contact, especially against smaller guards. He even has a bit of a post game, albeit one that probably won’t work nearly as well against NBA-sized competition. Finally, the same hustle and energy that helps him on defense and the boards also propels him down the court on fastbreaks, as he frequently outran his opposition in college.
Weaknesses: Similar to Jawun Evans, the Clippers’ other second round pick, Thornwell doesn’t boast immense upside. He will be 23 by the time the 2017-2018 season starts, and is merely an average athlete. That lack of burst and leaping ability hurts his offensive game, as he doesn’t blow by people on the perimeter, nor can he finish over big men in traffic. Those physical attributes aren’t going to improve, which means he’s almost certainly never going to be a guy who can create his own offense at will against a set defense. His ball-handling skills need work as well, though that’s something that can be improved upon.
While Thornwell is a tough and versatile defensive player, he’s unlikely quick enough to stop the best point guards out on the perimeter (though who is?), and is too small to fully shut down wing scorers such as Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard. Therefore, while he should be an above-average defensive player who has some positional versatility, he probably won’t be a perimeter stopper on the level of Leonard or Paul George.
Fit With Clippers: Thornwell is exactly the kind of multi-positional 3 and D wing the Clippers have been looking for for years. Yes, he’s a second round draft pick. And yes, he’s old, and doesn’t have the dreamy upside of a freshman or sophomore. But Thornwell is hard-working, energetic, and smart, all things that should boost his more average traits (size, athleticism) into being workable in the NBA long-term. While his NBA prospects do rely on his shooting being more in line with his senior year than the rest of his college career, there’s no reason to think it was a fluke or can’t be carried over to some extent. The Utah Jazz series showed just how limited the Clippers were defensively, especially on the wing, as they were outmuscled time and again. In an NBA where switching is a more valuable tactic than ever before, Sindarius Thornwell is a steal of a pick in the late 2nd round.
The Clippers traded for the 39th pick in the draft to select Jawun Evans, a sophomore point guard from Oklahoma State. Here’s a quick overview of his strengths, weaknesses, and fit with the Clippers.
Sophomore Year Stats: 19.2 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 spg, and 2.8 TOPG in 29.3 minutes per game on 43.8/37.9/81.2 shooting (three 3PTA per game and six FTA per game).
Strengths: Jawun Evans is a good point guard, full stop. He had an assist to turnover ratio of well over 2:1, which looks even better considering how much of a scoring load he carried for Oklahoma State as well. Evans is a proficient practitioner of the pick and roll, especially as a passer, his small and quick frame enabling him to dart into the lane with ease. His speediness allows him to turn the corner on pick and rolls frequently, where he also utilizes a nice midrange jumper off the dribble as well as a floater for finishing over big men in the paint. Jawun is a willing defender, and his wingspan helps make up for his slight stature on that end. This especially boosts his steal rate, which is one of the leading signs for point guard success in the NBA. Evans is a fine three point shooter, albeit on limited attempts, and his terrific free throw shooting bodes well for his shooting translating to the NBA. His form is a bit wonky, but it’s effective, and can be tweaked in any case. While Evans is not a great finisher at the rim, he’s not horrible either, and he is great at drawing contact.
Weaknesses: Size, size, size. Evans is undersized even at the college level, and that disparity will only be more emphasized in the NBA. It can be tough for him to get his shot off, especially in the paint, and the length of opposition on the perimeter can also stifle his passing. His three point shooting looks good, but the sample size is tiny, and it might be more difficult for him to shoot in the NBA. On the defensive end, he is going to have trouble defending larger point guards such as John Wall or Kyrie Irving despite his wingspan, and there’s no chance he can match up against most shooting guards if switched onto them. This means Evans will be a point guard only in the NBA, a limiting factor considering how valuable positional versatility has proven itself over the past couple years. There’s very little chance he’s ever more than a bench player due to these weaknesses, unless his shot vastly improves in the NBA.
Fit on the Clippers: Evans is young-ish, but will have a shot at backup point guard minutes right away assuming Chris Paul is re-signed in free agency. The Clippers have nobody else at the position on their roster (this pickup really doesn’t bode well for last year’s second round pick, David Michineau), and Raymond Felton might be too expensive to bring back. The Clippers will almost assuredly bring in a veteran as well, as trusting full-time backup duties to a second round pick is pretty rare, but Evans will probably get a real shot in the rotation. While he doesn’t possess much in the way of upside due to his limited size, he is a very good point guard and I think he has a strong chance at being a rotation player in the NBA for a long time.