Friday, June 25, 2010

2010 NBA Draft: Los Angeles Clippers Draft Grade

Al-Farouq Aminu 6'9'' Small Forward

In my eyes, Al-Farouq Aminu will be one of the best players coming out of this draft. By the end of the season, he will be a finalist for the Rookie of the Year award.
Aminu is a 6'9'' small forward that plays very big due to his frame. He is 218 pounds with an incredible wingspan that he uses to his advantage.
He displays great leaping ability with eye-popping dunks and great athleticism.
At 6'9'' he is blessed with the ability to handle the rock and beat defenders off the dribble. He is most comfortable working with the ball, but he also moves very well without the ball.
When his teammates are in trouble he knows where to go and what he needs to do to help his teammates out. He is a great team player with great offensive ability.
He can also stretch the defense out with his jump shot.
Not to mention, he excels on the glass due to his quickness and long arms. With that, he can also lock down on small forwards in the league with coaches to help his defensive mechanics.
Willie Warren 6'4'' Combo Guard
With Willie Warren you’ll get a very experienced combo-guard. He is sometimes compared to Ben Gordon because of his shooting ability. Nice touch on a good looking shot. Or sometimes you’ll hear them comparing his game to Rodney Stuckey, the big guard that can play either position.
Well there is another thing you can label Warren as, and that’s a draft steal.
Before the NCAA season started he was a lottery pick. Many suspect that experts found something wrong with his game, but no; he is still the same old Willie Warren.
Warren can stretch the defense with his streaky shooting. He has a lot of range and as a shooter, he likes to find that unspoken range. He can pull up consistently from the NBA three point line, the question is will it be good or bad shots.
Warren is very aggressive with his offensive attack. He is not a predictable player; he often switches up his offensive game to keep the opposition guessing.
He can use both hands effectively, finish at the rim, and score.

Eric Bledsoe 6'1'' Point Guard

Eric Bledsoe is one of the fantastic freshmen from the University of Kentucky.
Bledsoe is 6'1" and just as fast as John Wall. He has a very quick first step that allows him to get into the paint. Unlike other point guards in this draft, he is very strong finishing around the rim.
Floaters and mid-range shots are also a part of his game. He incorporates them all separately to keep the offense guessing.
With his size and speed, I can already see him knuckling up on NBA point guards and winning the battle. In college, he used his long arms and a very good defensive stance to rip the defender.
This translates very well in the NBA.
Here are the things that bother some NBA teams when looking at Bledsoe: unproven leadership abilities, turnovers, and inconsistent three-point jump shot.
Shooting mechanics can be easily turned into a strength in the pros, but the leadership and turnovers part depend on him.

(Initial observation made on B/R)


The big concerns coming into the draft for the Clippers was the wing and back-up point guard position. 

To fix the problem at the wing, the Clippers selected Al-Farouq Aminu the talented youngster with a lot of talent that hasn't been reached yet.

For the point guard position, the Clippers acquired Willie Warren and Eric Bledsoe. They will most likely play behind Baron Davis and learn the fundamentals needed to play point guard in the league.

Draft Grade: B+

Written by DeAnte Mitchell

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