C.J. Wilcox selected by Clippers with No. 28 pick in NBA draft

Wednesday June 25th, 2014

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.

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