C.J. Wilcox selected by Clippers with No. 28 pick in NBA draft
The Clippers selected C.J. Wilcox with the No. 28 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here’s a look at Wilcox and how he fits with Los Angeles:
Bio: Washington | Senior | Shooting guard
Vitals: 6-5, 195 pounds
2013-14 stats: 18.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 45.3 FG%, 39.1 3FG%
Strengths: Wilcox is to this year’s draft what Tim Hardaway Jr. was to last year’s: a knockdown shooter who can fill a role. The Pac-12 product can make shots with his feet set, pulling up or coming off screens, and he showed very well at the combine. He’s an above-average athlete with good size for his position and a 6-8 wingspan. Wilcox knows who he is as a player, and though he’s already 23, that maturity helps his cause for an established team looking to add a long-distance threat.
Weaknesses: He’s not great creating shots off the dribble or getting into the paint and finishing. Teams know what they’re getting here -- Wilcox may not become anything more than a floor spacer and a role player. His age is a detriment to his upside, and his best fit lies with a playoff team that has a plan to maximize his use. Wilcox could be a useful rotation cog, but what you see is pretty much what you get.
Team Fit: Los Angeles adds another shooter in Wilcox, one of the better marksmen in the draft. He’s a good athlete, an experienced college player, and could conceivably play a role in another Clippers playoff run. But with J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford already in place, plus last year’s first-rounder Reggie Bullock, you wonder if the Clips have a transaction in mind for one of their shooting guards. Otherwise, they could have used another big behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan at this spot.