NBA Mock Draft: Los Angeles Clippers Select Mitch McGary from Michigan

Leon Halip

SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading "their" team's pick. We continue with the next pick in the 2014 NBA Mock Draft with Clippers Nation selecting Mitch McGary.

NBA Mock Draft Pick #28, Mitch McGary, Forward, Michigan

SB Nation's Suns blog Clips Nation explains the pick:

The Clippers return all five starters from their 57 win team and several key reserves. However, the team made do with the likes of Ryan Hollins and Byron Mullens and mid-season acquisitions like Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu for front court depth last season, and the front court remains their most significant area of need (starters Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are the only players over 6'8 currently under contract). McGary could have been a lottery pick after his break out performance in the 2013 NCAA tournament as a freshman at Michigan, but a back injury along with a failed drug test cut his sophomore season short, and his draft stock took a big hit in the process. He's got legitimate NBA size, good skills, a great motor and a high basketball IQ. He's not a Griffin/Jordan type athlete, but he'll fit right into the Clippers attack nonetheless. He'll run hard to fill a lane on the fast break and he's solid in the pick and roll, plus he's an above average passer for a big. He's also a very good rebounder, and the glass was a problem for the Clippers last season. If he can add a bit of range to his face up jumper he could be a very good fit in Doc Rivers' system.

MoreFull NBA Draft Coverage

1 Cleveland Cavaliers: ANDREW WIGGINS 
2 Milwaukee Bucks JABARI PARKER
3 Philadelphia 76ers DANTE EXUM
4 Orlando Magic JULIUS RANDLE
5 Utah Jazz JOEL EMBIID
6 Minnesota Timberwolves (Via Celtics) AARON GORDON
7 Los Angeles Lakers NOAH VONLEH
8 Philadelphia 76ers (via Kings) DARIO SARIC
9 Charlotte Hornets DOUG MCDERMOTT
10 Chicago Bulls (via 76ers) MARCUS SMART
11 Denver Nuggets ZACH LAVINE 
12 Orlando Magic TYLER ENNIS
13 Phoenix Suns (via Timberwolves) ADREIAN PAYNE
14 Phoenix Suns NIK STAUSKAS
15 Atlanta Hawks GARY HARRIS
16 Sacramento Kings (via Chicago Bulls) ELFRID PAYTON
17 Orlando Magic (via Boston Celtics) JUSUF NURKIC
18 Minnesota Timberwolves (via Phoenix Suns) KYLE ANDERSON
19 Philadelphia 76ers (via Chicago Bulls) JAMES YOUNG
20 Dallas Mavericks (via Toronto Raptors) CLINT CAPELA
21 Oklahoma City Thunder PJ HAIRSTON
22 Memphis Grizzlies RODNEY HOOD
23 Utah Jazz CLEANTHONY EARLY
24 Golden State Warriors (via Charlotte Hornets) JORDAN ADAMS 
25 Houston Rockets K.J. MCDANIELS
26 Miami Heat SHABAZZ NAPIER
27 Phoenix Suns JORDAN CLARKSON
28 Los Angeles Clippers MITCH MCGARY
29 Oklahoma City Thunder
30 San Antonio Spurs

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