As the Clippers gear up for the NBA Draft on Thursday, they held two workout groups on Monday, featuring several players who are widely projected to be chosen in the first or second round.
In the first group, the Clippers worked out Jarrod Uthoff, Alex Poythress, Jake Layman, Retin Obasohan, Craig Sword, and Marcus Kennedy.
Jarrod Uthoff was one of the more well-known players in college basketball last year. He's a senior combo forward from Iowa who led them with 19 points per game while shooting 38% from deep. He's right on the fringe of the second round and could end up being one of the more high-profile undrafted free agents. I'd assume that the Clippers were taking a look for a potential summer league invitiation.
Alex Poythress is somewhere between an undersized PF and a SF who can't shoot. He was quietly productive in his four-year career on a Kentucky squad that was consistently loaded, but he's seen as an undrafted free agent, who, like Uthoff, will wait for summer league invitations.
Jake Layman has the highest draft stock of anyone in this first workout, as he should be picked somewhere in the second round. He's a 3-and-D combo forward who guarded multiple positions in college and shot almost 40% from deep his senior year. There are a lot of concerns about his toughness and mental makeup but he's got a great frame for an NBA SF with high-level athleticism and shooting ability.
Retin Obasohan is a senior combo guard from Alabama. Despite scoring 17.6 points a game as a senior, his lack of college success before that left him with a lot of catching up to do this year. He's not on the radar to be drafted but like most high-level NCAA seniors, he'll at least get his shot in the summer league.
Craig Sword is Obasohan with worse stats--senior 6'3" guard who isn't even listed in DraftExpress' top NCAA Seniors rankings. He scored just 13.2 points per game and shot just 23.7% from deep as senior.
Markus Kennedy is the former SMU teammate of Yanick Moreira, who was briefly a Clipper last summer on a partially-guaranteed deal before being cut in training camp. Kennedy isn't on draft radars and would have to earn the same type of look that the Clippers gave Moreira as an undrafted free agent.
In the Clippers' second Monday workout, they hosted Patrick McCaw, Stephen Zimmerman, James Woodard, Alex Hamilton, and Tony Parker.
McCaw likely has the highest draft stock of anyone in these workouts, as he can be seen as high as the 20s in mock drafts, though he'll more likely end up in the early-to-mid second round. He's a project 3-and-D wing who projects very well and is very popular among fans, but will need to work on his body before he can play NBA minutes. He might end up like a Corey Brewer--an extremely frail but energetic fringe 3-and-D option.
Zimmerman was seen as a first-round pick, but in the last month his stock has really fallen and he's now coming up in the 50s in a lot of mock drafts. While he'll probably go higher than that (there was a reason he was once seen as a first-rounder, and it only takes one team to snag him in the mid-second), it's not a good sign for a guy who was once frequently mocked at 25 to the Clippers.
James Woodard marks the beginning of the guys in this workout who aren't likely draftees. He's an undersized shooting guard from Tulsa who will take his shot in the summer league after his senior year, much like most of the guys from the first workout.
Alex Hamilton, aside from having the most successful musical of the year written about his life, is a combo guard from Louisiana Tech who isn't seen as a likely draftee but actually made it onto DraftExpress' top NCAA seniors list, unlike Obasohan, Sword, Kennedy, and Woodard. He scored over 20 points per game as a senior.
Tony Parker is the local big man from UCLA, and it only makes sense that he'd get workouts with the hometown teams. He's a big 6'9" center with a 7'2" wingspan, but his lack of any signature skill or athleticism has rendered him an afterthought in this draft. He's another undrafted free agent target for summer league.