Mapping Out The 2024 Draft For The Los Angeles Clippers

June 19th, 2024

by Alan Lu

The Los Angeles Clippers had a roller coaster ride of a season. They stumbled out of the gates, especially after they acquired James Harden to pair him with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but they were able to find their stride and win games in the regular season to make the playoffs. However, the Clippers were disappointing in the playoffs as they ended up struggling and losing to Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving’s Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

The Clippers won 51 games in the regular season to earn the 4th seed, but they lost in six games to the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. Given the Mavericks’ strong postseason run, it looks like the Clippers just lost to a much better team this year. Also, both George and Harden will be impending free agents, so the Clippers will have a tall task to either bring the back, or to come up with something else if they choose to sign elsewhere.
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Right now, the Clippers need healthy bodies that can help them in the postseason, and there’s not really a source of consistency or reliability in the playoffs. They are a good team that has struggled to become a great team. If they are happy with being a playoff caliber team and nothing more, then they can continue to build with their current team as is. Otherwise, if they have championship aspirations, then their window for a title may have already closed, and they may have to even consider tearing their team down and opt for a rebuild. They will probably not go with the latter option, so this plan will be tailored around their current core group that consists of Leonard, George, and Harden.

They will need 3 and D role players as well as a stretch big to help space the floor. The Clippers will need to find a way to retool their team in a way that would be more like Boston and have better fitting players around Leonard, George, and Harden.

Here is who I drafted in the test simulations of the ESPN’s 2024 NBA Mock Draft Simulator.

Test Simulation #1:

A mock draft board for the Los Angeles Clippers. First test simulation. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Los Angeles Clippers. First test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #2:

A mock draft board for the Los Angeles Clippers. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Los Angeles Clippers. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #3:

A mock draft board for the Los Angeles Clippers. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Los Angeles Clippers. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

If they go for a need, then they will need a stretch big, and late in the draft, there may be a dearth of options, but there are still some players that could offer some utility. In this case, PJ Hall would give them a guy who could potentially space the floor and not get killed on the boards, which would come in handy in a matchup against Minnesota. (Quinten Post was off the board in that version, but Branden Carlson from Utah would’ve been another option, if there was a write-in vote option, but Carlson wasn’t listed as an option.) Otherwise, if there are much more talented players on the board, then they could swing for someone such as Kevin McCullar or Justin Edwards to bolster their roster.

The 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26 and 27. Thanks for reading.

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