Rookies!

The Clippers begin summer league play in Las Vegas Friday afternoon, and will scrimmage with the Lakers Wednesday afternoon. The teams three draft picks –Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan and Mike Taylor– are all on the roster along with last year’s No. 1 pick Al Thornton.

Only first round picks are guaranteed contracts, but both Jordan and Taylor stand a good chance of making the team if they play well.

“I’m excited,” said Jordan, who had been projected as lottery pick out of high school, but slipped to the second round of the draft after a tepid freshman season at Texas A&M. “I’m going to take this (slight) and use it as motivation to prove people wrong.

“I’m going to do whatever I need to do to make it, whatever they ask me to do. If they ask me to wipe up the floor, I’ll do that.”

Taylor, who was the first player ever drafted out of the D-League, said he felt optimistic of his chances of sticking with the team.

“Of all my workouts, and I did like 13 of them in 20 days, my best one was with the Clippers so I had a sense they might be the team that took me,” Taylor said. “I’m really excited to have this opportunity.”

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