The Los Angeles Clippers have selected C.J. Wilcox out of Washington with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Wilcox is a 6-foot-5, 201-pound shooting guard out of Washington. He’s a shooter who hit 39 percent of his threes last season and wing defender with a 6-foot-8 wingspan. He’s actually not that different from Reggie Bullock, which makes the Clippers roster kind of strange.
The Clippers now have shooters aplenty at the 2. Between Bullock, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and now Wilcox, the team has a lot of roster redundancy. Essentially, this should make Bullock a little unsure about his future.
Wilcox isn’t all that different from Bullock. He’s a shooter. He’s a supposed defender. He probably isn’t big enough to play the 3. He doesn’t really fill any need on the Clippers’ roster, which could mean there’s another move coming.
Los Angeles needed a small forward, who could play or a big who could contribute. Wilcox is neither of those things. K.J. McDaniels was still on the board. So was Cleanthony Early. Even Vasilije Micic could’ve been fine if the Clippers were high on his pick-and-roll numbers and wanted a backup point guard to replace Darren Collison.
It’s not a knock on Wilcox, who is already 23 years old and closer to his ceiling than the average prospect. He could be a nice player. The Clips are just in a contending position where they have to fill a need. Wilcox, no matter what kind of player he turns into, won’t plaster up any holes. At the moment, the Clippers are in the same situation they were heading into the draft, which really makes you wonder if this is all they have up their sleeve.
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