The downside is that I’ve been putting out mega-posts regarding these workouts. The good news is that I’ll be able to talk about nearly every guy drafted next week just by referencing my notes.
Ed Davis, F, North Carolina – As I’ve previously mentioned in this space, Davis is a guy who had more buzz around him last year than he did this year. Though Davis has legit size (6’10”, 225) and has shown good energy, it may be too high to draft him at the 8 spot, even if the Clippers didn’t have Blake Griffin waiting to make his debut. Creating a logjam at the four spot makes no sense.
Landry Fields, F, Stanford- Fields was the go-to player for Stanford this season and his stats reflect that (22 ppg, 8.8 rpg) fact. The child of two former college basketball players, Fields has a good 3-point shot when he’s open and showed an ability to get to the rim this past year. His ability to score combined with a high basketball IQ should lead to his name getting called in the second half of the second round and he would be a good addition to the Clippers.
Marqus Blakely, F, Vermont- Blakely is an undersized four (6’6″, 225) who isn’t athletic enough to guard threes on the perimeter. That said, he has a 7’1″ wingspan and is generally considered to be a beast in the post who can block shots and get rebounds on both ends. He has an increased amount of buzz around him heading into the draft and should hear his name called in the second half of the second round. He would be a great addition to the Clippers, particularly when paired with Chris Kaman, whose ability to knock down jumpers from outside could create some space for Blakely to operate down low.
Pablo Aguilar, F, Spain- Aguilar plays for CB Granada in the Spanish ACB, which is thought to be one of the toughest leagues in Europe. Obviously I’ve never seen him play a game, so I went to ESPN’s foreign-player-guru Fran Fraschilla for the scouting report. And it was good. Fraschilla says Aguilar likely would have been a top-10 player in the NCAA last year and that he’s an “active and tough face-up forward” who will be a small forward in the NBA and has some skills to work on. If he’s available with the 54th pick, the Clippers should run to the podium to turn in their card.