With the NBA Draft tomorrow, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated has released his final mock draft. The names Allen Crabbe, Jeff Withey and Pierre Jackson have been notable names connected to the Los Angeles Clippers in mock drafts, but with the trade rumors about Deandre Jordan afloat, Mannix has the team selecting big man Rudy Gobert of France with the 25th overall pick:
Someone in the first round will take a flyer on Gobert, and with DeAndre Jordan on the trading block, the Clippers are in a position to do so. Gobert is impossibly long at 7-2 with a 7-8½ wingspan and a 9-7 standing reach, both combine records. He didn’t show much offensively at the combine, though, and has struggled in workouts amid concerns about his lack of post moves and slender frame.
The first thing that comes to mind about Gobert is his abilities on the defensive end. At 7 foot 2 he has the tools to become a defensive force in the NBA. Not many bigs have the height and size as this kid and solid foot work to go with it. That’s a plus in the NBA as the game involves a lot of pick and roll defense and the need of quick defensive rotations. Obviously that doesn’t mean much as lots of players have the “tools” to be solid on defense, but this kids work ethic gives him more work than others.
If the Clippers draft Rudy it’ll probably be best to stash him overseas until next season. Offensively he isn’t there yet. His work in the pick-and-roll fits Clippers leader Chris Paul (if he re-signs), but overall his game is a bit limited offensively.
NBADraft.net has Gobert’s NBA comparison as Shawn Bradley. For more on Gobert here’s a Draft Express video breaking down his game: