Wow. I’m exhausted after this draft. This is going to be a short post due to my mental state, but I’ll have more up this weekend once I get done smiling.
The Clippers had a great night tonight. They went the best-player-available route and took Al-Farouq Aminu with the 8th pick. Then, they traded a future first-round pick to the Thunder and got Eric Bledsoe. Then they stayed the best-player-available route at 54 and chose Willie Warren rather than take a player to stash overseas for a while or a big man project.
So they got their starting small forward, a back-up point guard with bona fide star material in Bledsoe and a guy who was thought to be a top-10 overall pick if he’d come out last year in Willie Warren.
Put these three with fellow rookie Blake Griffin, and it’d be impossible to say that any other team will have more rookie talent on the floor next year than the Clippers.
For a team with a lot of holes to fill, they did a great job of addressing both the need for depth and the need for talented playmakers. All three will have to work hard at Summer League and training camp to make the most of their considerable skill set and all three will have to find a place in the system of whoever their first professional head coach is, but for tonight at least, optimism fills up the sky here in Clipperland.
The Clippers worked out all three of their selections and Neil Olshey has to be very happy about the way his first draft turned out, I know I am.