The LA Clippers won’t be holding their breath as the 2022 NBA Draft kicks off. The absence of a first-round selection has aided that thought process, as they gave up a bevy of picks in order to get their hands on Paul George.
Still, even without a first-rounder, this particular draft isn’t a top-heavy one. Meaning, LA can find themselves a diamond in the rough in the second round. Currently, the Clippers are in possession of the 43rd overall pick. Although the franchise has championship aspirations, they have done their due diligence in this years draft.
With Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Norman Powell, Robert Covington, Ivica Zubac, Luke Kennard, and Marcus Morris Sr. – expected to play a vital role during the 2022-23 season, the Clippers are considered bonafide title threats. However, there is one glaring hole on their roster…the backup point guard position.
Izaiah Brockington making serious pre-draft noise
Presently, Jackson is LA’s only legit ball handler. Desperate to turn their weakness into a strength, the Clippers have found Iowa State guard Izaiah Brockington, an intriguing and tantalizing player.
At the moment, Brockington is garnering interest from several teams following numerous workouts. In addition to the Clippers showing interest – the Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Pelicans, Indiana Pacers, and several others are beginning to inquire about his services.
Although Brockington is listed as a point guard, his distributing skills are far from impressive. In his final season in college, Brockington averaged just 1.6 assists a game, not entirely surprising considering he’s never averaged higher than 1.7 during any given season.
Brockington’s true value is derived from his ability to score. Last season, he poured in a career high of 16.8 points a night. He was also a terrific rebounder, crashing the glass for 6.8 boards on a nightly basis.
Adding Brockington could make sense for a Clippers team that’s become accustomed to score first guards. Jackson, of course, has hunted his shot first throughout his career. With the former Detroit Piston needing a bit of a blow every night, Brockington could provide a similar style of play.
If Brockington remains on the board when the Clippers are on the clock, chances are, he could find a home in LA.