The Clippers have traded their way into the second round, as expected, and sent a future second-round pick to the New York Knicks for the no. 33 pick in this year’s draft, which they used to select Daniel Oturu.
This pick will be traded to the LA Clippers, sources said, in exchange for a 2023 second rounder— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 19, 2020
Oturu is a 21-year-old big out of Minnesota, where he played for two seasons. He absolutely stuffed the box score in his collegiate career, averaging 20.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game as a sophomore. He even hit 37 percent of his 3-pointers as a sophomore.
He was a third-team All-American last season, but he still has a long way to go in terms of developing his post game, scoring on the perimeter, and his overall conditioning level. This is definitely a project pick for the Clippers.
What is strange is the positional fit for Oturu on the Clippers. They have Ivica Zubac under contract, and are reportedly interested in bringing Montrezl Harrell back. JaMychal Green will likely command some minutes at the five, and last year’s first-rounder Mfiondu Kabengele is still in the mix. The Clippers also still have Joakim Noah on the roster, even if his contract isn’t guaranteed.
That means Oturu is probably the second coming of Johnathan Motley. The two-way big was hyper-productive in the G League, but never really stuck in the NBA. Now that his two years of playing on a two-way are complete, Motley is probably on his way to a new stop, and Oturu can fill in his spot on the Agua Caliente Clippers.