NBA Draft 2011: JaJuan Johnson and the 5 Best Prospects for the L.A. Clippers
After trading away their first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Clippers won't be able to grab any of the top-10 talent this year.
However, they have potential to really find some "diamonds in the rough" and build the core of their already promising team.
PF/C Nikola Vucevic: USC
The 7'0" PF/C combo could add some of the length that the Clippers need.
Vucevic has the body of a true NBA center at 260 pounds and a wingspan of 7'4".
Playing for USC, he averaged 17.1 PPG and 10.3 RPG last season. Vucevic is also a decent shot-blocker with 1.4 BPG.
Vucevic is lacking in defense against quicker, more athletic big men but showed improvement last season in his movement and post game.
He was able to consistently hit long-range shots from the three-point line in college, and that jump shot range could be valuable for the Clippers to have in a big man.
SF Chandler Parsons: Florida
The 6'10" senior out of Florida has the overall ability to bring immediate help to the Clippers.
Parsons averaged a well-rounded 11.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 3.8 APG.
A great ball-handler and distributor for his size, Parsons could bring some ball movement to the SF position for the Clippers.
His height and decent athleticism should allow him to be a great matchup defensively for NBA-level small forwards.
PG Darius Morris: Michigan
Darius Morris might be gone by the time the Clippers' pick comes up, but if he is still available, the Clippers should jump on him.
The 6'4" PG would add some depth to the guard position.
Morris has the ability to be an excellent defender of both guard positions at the NBA level and is able to bowl over defenders on the other end.
Morris averaged 15.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 6.7 APG last season at Michigan.
Morris could stand to improve his three-point shooting and his jump shot, but this 20-year-old has a lot of NBA potential.
PF Jon Leuer: Wisconsin
Leuer is a potential player the Clippers could pick up with their second pick.
Leuer is a solid 6'11" at the PF position with a fairly high basketball IQ. A quick learner, he could be a great potential backup to Blake Griffin.
He has the range to stretch the floor and is great in catch-and-shoot situations.
At Wisconsin last season he averaged 18.3 PPG with 7.3 RPG.
While not extremely proficient on the defensive end, Leuer has time to improve and is already a fairly decent offensive player.
PF JaJuan Johnson: Purdue
JaJuan Johnson would be a great additional big man to the Clippers core.
The 6'10" PF is an explosive athlete and averaged 2.3 BPG last season with Purdue.
Johnson averaged 20.4 PPG and 8.4 RPG last season with Purdue and also added some much-needed muscle.
He is a great free throw shooter and has a decent jump shot.
JaJuan Johnson has some room for improvement. He could stand to put on some more weight so he can be more of a presence in the post on both end of the courts.
Johnson's success will depend on his continued improvement and his ability to fill out his long body.
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