Power Ranking Every Clippers Player: Who’s Their MVP?

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13th: Branden Dawson

Feb 1, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard/forward Branden Dawson (22) defends Michigan Wolverines guard/forward Aubrey Dawkins (24) during the second half at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The Spartans won 76-66. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

It took until the 56th pick for the Clippers to enter the 2015 NBA draft, but they finally did so in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. As a result, they were able to land defensive specialist Branden Dawson of Michigan State.

Dawson undoubtedly has the potential to climb up several spots on this list in the near future. That’s the key reason why he’s been placed ahead of Chuck Hayes. But, as of right now, he’ll need to prove his defensive abilities and operate reasonably enough on offense to earn some solid minutes from Doc. Even though that may take time, Dawson’s potential value to emerge as a defensive energizer off the bench for the Clippers is extremely high.

Last season, he simply dominated the Big Ten Conference. At only 6’6″, Dawson uses his immense athleticism and aggressive play style to make up for any height that he lacks. Because of his combination of explosiveness and hustle, he can out-play big men that tower above him; at both ends of the floor.

Dawson led the Big Ten Conference in offensive rebounds (102), rebounds per game (9.1), total rebound percentage (17.9) and defensive rating (91.1), whilst even ranking 4th in blocks per game (1.7) and 2nd in defensive win shares (2.5).

Simply put, Dawson can bring everything the Clippers need to help improve their 15th ranked defense. It will take him time to create a role, but he has the potential to make a serious difference off the bench.

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