Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (5) pulls down a rebound during the first half in the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

What Can Clipper Fans Expect From the 25th Pick?

The guy above? That’s Jeff Withey, center for Kansas University. He, along with Pierre Jackson, Allen Crabbe and others have been projected by multiple mock drafts to go the Los Angeles Clippers with the 25th pick.

With the team needing a considerable upgrade on the wing and down low, fans have been wondering what kind of value comes with the 25th pick. For some perspective lets look at all the players selected at 25 since 2000:

  • 2000 – C Jake Tsakalidis
  • 2001 – F Gerald Wallace
  • 2002 – G Frank Williams
  • 2003 – F Carlos Delfino
  • 2004 – G Tony Allen
  • 2005 – C Johan Petro
  • 2006 – G Shannon Brown
  • 2007 – G Morris Almond
  • 2008 – F Nicolas Batum
  • 2009 – G Rodrique Beaubois
  • 2010 – F Dominique Jones
  • 2011 – G Marshon Brooks
  • 2012 – G Tony Wroten

Of the bunch Gerald Wallace has been the best player, but history shows that with proper scouting and the development of players a solid role player can be found. Of the later players drafted, Nicolas Batum fits the mold of a player the Clippers need on the wing. He’s the perfect definition of the 3-and-D forward that’s taking the league by storm.

I pointed out these players for a reason. That reason is to make sure fans don’t expect someone who’s extremely talented. The law of averages go against that notion. Even the more known players on this list (Allen, Brown, Wallace) have, at best, been role players in this league. Only Gerald Wallace has reached an All-Star game  (2010) and has led his team to the playoffs.

At the same time, whomever is drafted at this spot should be played immediately. Look at guard Tony Wroten’s situation. He had the talent to play, though his game was extremely rough around the edges, and Lionel Hollins kept him on the bench for most of the season. It’s detrimental to player development. Compare his game to guard Norris Cole. They’re very similar (Wroten better passes, Cole better scorer), yet Erik Spoelstra made sure he was a rotation player throughout the season. It came in handy at time during the playoffs. He’s just one of many young players that benefited from having his coaches back.

All in all, it comes down to good scouting. I’m no draft expert so I can’t tell you how good Withey, Crabbe, Jackson and the others are, but there will be expectations. The purpose of this post is for fans to be able to hone in those expectations and not expect the 25th pick to either be an other-worldly star or perfect in all forms.

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