The LA Clippers should look at these three guards in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The NBA Draft is quickly approaching with just under two weeks left until the event. This one, in particular, will be more interesting than most with teams balancing draft night along with free agency starting soon after, and the season likely officially beginning just a month later. For the LA Clippers, draft night might not be as wild.
Currently, the team has only the 57th pick in the draft. Being nearly the last pick, there isn’t a lot of hope for an impactful player. That doesn’t mean they can’t get involved and add some youth to the team, but they will have to be aggressive in doing so. There will be picks up for sale and while some have speculated that a first-rounder could be bought, it seems more likely that second-rounders will be purchased.
With the need for more youth to develop on their roster, the Clippers could find themselves exploring a way to move up in the draft. If none of these players will likely fill an immediate need, the team can take fliers on some of the more raw prospects.
With that in mind, here are three guards the team can potentially look at in the draft.
LA Clippers Prospect #1 – Jay Scrubb (John A. Logan College)
I’m sure you are already thinking, “who?”. I was too. Jay Scrubb is coming from a JUCO program, John A. Logan College. Initially committed to playing at Louisville, he had such a good season that he opted to go straight into the draft.
Scrubb is relatively unknown but his combination of size and athleticism has teams around the NBA interested, including the LA Clippers.
Scrubb stands 6’6″ and weighs 200 lbs. With a 6’9″ wingspan and reported 40″ vertical, he has all the physical tools necessary to play in the NBA. He has the ability to score at all levels but was inconsistent from three, something he will have to work on when he gets into the league. While the offensive side is no problem for him, it’s the defensive side that needs a ton of work.
If he was having defensive issues at a JUCO, they will become more pronounced in the NBA and are likely one of the reasons he has not been talked about.
I won’t sit here and try to talk about someone I haven’t watched play, so check out this scouting video that has a comprehensive breakdown of all his strengths and weaknesses.
Scrubb seems like the typical flier guy the Clippers could take and then put in the G-League for a season or two to allow to develop. If his skills can catch up to his physical gifts, he could become a very solid role player in the league for years to come.