Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 11/14/14

The year was 2005, the Clippers finished 37-45, actually showing some promise with a solid foundation of talent with Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, Corey Maggette, and potential contributors (at the time) in Shaun Livingston, Marco Jaric, and Chris Wilcox. The Clippers needed one more playmaker, another player who they could depend on to help push them to relevancy. via www.hiptoclipp.com The 2005 NBA Draft came, and the Clippers had the 12th pick, marking a lottery pick for the 8th consecutive year.  Clipper fans were ready for the turnaround with this pick, especially in a deep draft filled with a promising pool that could provide the missing piece. After much scouting, analyzing, and predicting, the Clippers chose the 6-10 SF Yaroslav Korolev out of Russia.  Of course if they really could have predicted the future the Clippers could have stolen one of Danny Granger, David Lee, Monta Ellis, Louis Williams, or Marcin Gortat. Regardless, the Moscow baller came with a good amount of hype as a teenager playing in the Russian Super League. Korolev was supposed to be a hybrid small forward and had all the tools to become a playmaker. Since you probably haven’t heard of his name, obviously you can assume that did not happen. In his rookie year at the age 18, Korolev played in 24 games and scored 27 points. The next season he played in ten games and scored 12 points. Despite the limited play, the Clipps offered him a contract for the next season but he declined the offer and went to Dynamo Moscow. He attempted to make a comeback, and was drafted in the fourth round of the NBA D-League draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, and was later traded to the Reno Bighorns a few months after. The following offseason he signed with CB Granada in Spain (2010), then Lagun Aro GBC (2011), and currently plays with Spartak Saint Peterberg as of last December. Yaroslav is currently on twitter doing his thing: https://twitter.com/yk45 -Schotz

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Hot start helps Rockets stave off elimination against Warriors

Matt Millen leaving ESPN for FOX, Big Ten Network

Royals' Guthrie sets records in blowout loss to Yankees

John Farrell: Pitchers need an approved gripping substance

Cam Newton: Nobody has ever been who I'm trying to be

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bears cut Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest

Report: Paul Pierce could opt out of contract, join Clippers

Report: NBA exploring moving start of Finals up

Isaiah Thomas: Danny Ainge wants my input on free agents

Brian Matusz suspended eight games for substance on arm

Baseball players in the military: A tribute

Stephen Curry leaves Game 4 after nasty fall, returns later

WATCH: Khris Davis trolls umps after controversial homer

Is Adrian Peterson leveraging himself out of the league?

Mascot creates controversy with 'Police Lives Matter' sign

The Talented Mr. Blatt

The curious case of Frank Kaminsky

Is the Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova a dirty player?

LeBron lifts Cavaliers to brink of Finals, but are they ready?

Will Phil Jackson give himself a chance to succeed with Knicks?

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Curry leaves game after nasty fall

Royals' Guthrie sets records in blowout

Bears cut McDonald after incident

Report: Pierce could opt out of contract

Could the NBA Finals be moved up?

The Talented Mr. Blatt

Is Dellavedova a dirty player?

Ballplayers in the military: A tribute

Most valuable non-QB for each NFL team

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.