Grade the pick: LA Clippers draft four-year stud from Missouri

Kobe Brown, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kobe Brown, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

Although the LA Clippers had plans to trade their 2023 first-round pick, the proposal fell through as the front office had concerns surrounding health and injuries. This was a wise decision, as LA has struggled to remain healthy since the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George era started.

Furthermore, the LA Clippers chose to hold onto the 30th overall pick and draft one of the oldest players available. This choice initially seemed questionable, considering Kobe Brown is a 23-year-old rookie. However, it is clear the Clippers are looking for someone who can contribute immediately.

Especially if Brown can prove himself in summer league, training camp, and preseason, there is a real possibility that he could earn quality minutes despite being a rookie. Not to mention his 6’7”, 252-pound build allows him to compete against the best wings in the NBA.

Based on needs, Kobe Brown was the best option for the LA Clippers.

As the LA Clippers’ age caught up to them, drafting an experienced rookie like Kobe Brown may have been the key to the offseason. He is very athletic with good finishing abilities and can stand his ground on the defensive end. Additionally, he has a solid jump shot that could quickly translate to the NBA.

Statistically, Brown’s senior season was his best with the Missouri Tigers. On top of averaging 15.8 points and 6.4 rebounds, the four-year star dished out 2.5 assists with a true shooting percentage of 65.5. These numbers add to how strong his potential may be.

Moreover, this was a solid pick by the LA Clippers. Sure, they could have gone in another direction, but it is evident they wanted a player most prepared for the pros. Brown is that guy, as he has the size, experience, and skillset to thrive as a rookie.

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Grade: B-