"You don't always pick someone in an area of need," said General Manager Elgin Baylor, not commenting specifically on the Clippers' plans. "If you do that [draft for need], you could wind up passing on players at other positions who have more potential than a player where you have a need. ... What sense would that make?"
As of Wednesday, Julian Wright of Kansas, Nick Young of USC and Thaddeus Young of Georgia Tech were among the highest-rated players on the Clippers' draft board. Wright is a probable top-10 pick, a veteran draft evaluator said, but one of the Youngs (who are not related) could be available when the Clippers are on the clock.
"You would like to get a player who can come in and play right away, a player who can give you some quality minutes, but that's not always the case," Baylor said. "If you can't get that, you look at the long-term potential of a player."