The past few season, it has been a pretty much same plan, same outcome for the Los Angeles Clippers keep our core stars intact, makes it to the playoffs and gets eliminated. But as the rest of the league gets younger and younger, the Clippers’ stars are also getting (a bit?) older and older.
That’s not to say that the team has no chance to finally see a finals game. On the contrary, among all the western teams (aside from the high and mighty Golden State Warriors), the Clippers are one of the few squads who may have a chance to stand up against Durant and the rest of the West to make it to the NBA championship.
That is to say if they stay healthy, figure out a way to back up Chris Paul, and (finally) make it to the western conference finals.
Los Angeles Clippers Depth Chart
Point Guards: Chris Paul, Raymond Felton
Shooting Guards: J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers
Small Forwards: Luc Mbah a Moute, Wesley Johnson, Alan Anderson
Power Forwards: Blake Griffin, Brandon Bass, Paul Pierce
Centers: DeAndre Jordan, Marreese Speights, Diamond Stone
Key Additions: Raymond Felton, Marreese Speights
Key Losses: Jeff Green
It’s pretty obvious that the Clippers’ biggest offseason moves were to retain its players, while loosening up a little to make space for, notably, Felton and Speights.
Felton would (hopefully) come as a welcome addition to the roster as his presence could somehow take the load off from Chris Paul. Meanwhile, Speights brings in his effective outside game, which could give a huge boost to the Clippers’ bench.
“I think our fans will probably like him once they get past all that other stuff,” Paul shared, in reference to Speights. “He’s one of the guys that you compete against, I think you love to have him as your teammate but hate to play against him.”
Los Angeles Clippers Strengths/ Weaknesses
Zooming into regular season wins, the Clippers come third next to the San Antonio Spurs and Warriors in terms of wins over the past four years. With an average of 55.5 Ws, there is little doubt that whatever the Clippers have been doing, has been working (almost).
The only real obstacle that has been haunting Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers is the Western semifinals-which they cannot seem to get past.
So pretty much, the Clippers just have to do, what the Clippers do best and keep it consistent each and every night.
Especially in the postseason.
Which is when and where the Clippers seem to turn into a whole different team, especially Chris Paul. But then again, with Felton coming in, a healthy(?) Griffin and other options to back up Paul this season, the LA squad may finally be able to break their self-imposed curse and finally see a finals game.
The thin lineup at small forward may also present some problems for the team, in the long run. With Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute providing solid help, their lack of contribution on the offensive end could post problems for the team, as the season moves along.
Look to the Los Angeles Clippers to be a “dragonslayer” of sorts who may be one of the few teams to have a chance at taking down the Warriors. Although if their 45-point preseason demolition by Golden State was a sign of things to come, then Rivers may try to experiment a little with his squad during the regular season (which could lead to more/ fewer losses).
The Clippers will definitely make another playoff berth this year, but whether they make it past the first and second rounds will be entirely up to their health (and willingness to win). Maybe (just maybe) the sixth time could be the charm for the Clippers.