CJ Wilcox became the newest member of the Los Angeles Clippers, selected with the 28th pick in the 2014 NBA draft. The 6’5″, 195-pound small forward was named to two All Pac-12 teams at University of Washigton. The 23-year-old played all four years in Seattle and gained notoriety for a 6-9 ¾ wingspan and shooting nearly 40 percent from behind the arc.Newly promoted president of basketball operations Doc Rivers entered the draft coveting frontcourt help behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, a player to push Matt Barnes on the wing or someone to fill Darren Collison‘s role, as he’ll likely get a bigger paycheck elsewhere. Curiously, he went with another 2-guard despite the presence of J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and their previous pick.
Clippers select CJ Wilcox. Little surprising since recently drafted Reggie Bullock. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 27, 2014
Wilcox averaged 18.3 points per game as a senior and made 43% of his catch and shoot jumpers on the season, according to Draft Express. Among the prospects the Clippers were monitoring this summer was Michigan center Mitch McGary, surprisingly taken seven spots ahead by Oklahoma City. Cleanthony Early, another top collegiate player out of Wichita State, was on the board. The Clippers’ night is over–barring a trade–as their second round pick was originally dealt to New Orleans for Bobby Brown in January 2010, then sent to San Antonio that October for Curtis Jerrells.