Prior to Thursday’s NBA Draft, we heard from Dan Woike of the OC Register that the Clippers had strong interest in purchasing a second-round draft pick from another team. Because LAC had already traded both of its own picks well ahead of the draft, a trade was the only way they would get anything out of the evening. And that’s just what they did.
Late in the night, the Clippers gave the New Orleans Pelicans $600,000 in exchange for the rights to Michigan State forward Branden Dawson. Dawson spent four years playing under Tom Izzo at MSU, primarily spending his time playing power forward despite being about 6’6″. He was a solid contributor in college, and averaged about 12 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior.
A tremendous athlete, Dawson dropped in the draft due to concerns that he’s a bit of a tweener. At 6’6″, he’s smaller than your standard NBA power forward, and thus may have to try and convert himself to a small forward at the next level. It will be quite the undertaking in this day and age of the three point shooting-happy NBA. In his four collegiate seasons, Dawson attempted a grand total of nine triples, hitting none of them.
But he plays with a ton of energy and is particularly effective on the offensive glass. We know the Clippers struggled at times rebounding the ball last season, and Dawson figures to provide a boost.
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