Kofi Cockburn stepped onto the collegiate scene as a raw specimen. During his freshman year, Cockburn barreled into the lane, dropping countless offensive fouls. Still, he was a terrific rebounder and a master on the offensive boards, grabbing 3.5 a night. Since then, Cockburn’s production has skyrocketed.
Regardless of his clear improvements, Cockburn is very much a limited offensive and defensive player. The big, bruising space eater doesn’t have much of a back-to-the-basket game. He’ll never take a shot from outside of the paint either. Cockburn can also struggle with guarding smaller and quicker players out in space.
With his deficiencies, Cockburn is likely to go undrafted. But the moment every other team passes up on him, the Clippers should make their move.
In LA, Cockburn’s weaknesses will be well masked. His inability to score won’t be detrimental to a Clipper squad that hosts a bevy of offensive talents. Also, LA has plenty of perimeter defenders, allowing Cockburn to sit back and rebound while defending the paint.
Currently, Ivica Zubac is the only true traditional big man on LA’s roster. Keep your fingers crossed Clipper nation.