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How the Clippers are preparing for the NBA draft

How the Clippers are preparing for the NBA draft

As draft positioning goes for the Clippers, Doc Rivers doesn’t expect it to be the roaring 20s.

There have been more misses than hits in those spots recently, though some impact players have emerged. Kenneth Faried went No. 22 to the Denver Nuggets in 2011. Taj Gibson was selected No. 26 by the Chicago Bulls in 2009.

Rivers sounded as if he was anticipating something less than a future All-Star from the Clippers’ No. 25 pick in the first round of the NBA draft Thursday.

“If you’re thinking you’re going to hit a home run in the 20s,” Rivers, the Clippers’ coach and president of basketball operations, said after his team was...

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