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Los Angeles Clippers Season Preview

The NBA season is rapidly approaching finally and you know what that means? Lots and lots of NBA 2k!! Only kidding! However, I’m doing a Clippers/Lob City preview of their offseason and what to expect plus a look at their roster. Let’s begin.

Additions

Milos Teodosic
Danilo Gallinari
Sam Dekker
Lou Williams
Patrick Beverley
Willie Reed

Losses

Chris Paul
Jamal Crawford
Marreese Speights
J.J. Redick

Projected Starters

PG: Milos Teodosic
SG: Pat Beverly
SF: Danilo Gallinari
PF: Blake Griffin
C: DeAndre Jordan

Bench

Guards: Lou Williams, Austin Rivers, Wesley Johnson
Forwards: Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Willie Reed, Brice Johnson

Strengths: Rebounding and Offense

The Clippers feature one of the best rebounders in the league in DeAndre Jordan. When Blake Griffin is healthy, he can dominate the boards as well. Off the bench, the Clippers can throw out Montrezl Harrell, who is another dominant board grabber. Between these three players alone, the Clippers can dominate the boards night in and night out.

The loss of CP3 will hurt, but add Milos Teodosic may ease the pain. Teodosic has a big question mark about if his abilities can translate over to the NBA. However, overseas he was easily the best passer. He is a pass first type of point guard and we may see lob city continue in the LA area. On top of that, the Clippers added Danilo Gallinari who can score in multiple ways and when he is healthy he can be a very good player. We know what Blake and DeAndre will give you. If Blake continues to improve his outside game, he is a force to be reckoned with. Jordan will stay under cleaning up the mess inside and putting the ball back in for points, while shooting an extremely high field goal percentage. Off the bench, the Clippers added Lou Williams via trade. Williams was up for sixth man of the year last year and is a very good piece for the Clips.

Weaknesses: Defense, Lack of a Talented Bench, and “Star power”

Like most teams in the NBA nowadays, defense is always an issue. Milos is said to be a decent defender, but I do not see him matching up with any of the elite western conference point guards. DeAndre Jordan is a very good rim protector, but that is where the defense ends. After Lou Williams, the bench is thin. Sam Dekker may develop into something, but we do not really know. Austin Rivers can provide some key minutes as well. However, after those three it drops off tremendously. After Blake Griffin, this team does not contain a “star”. Even Blake is a questionable star nowadays since he cannot stay on the floor.

Biggest questions: Can Blake and Danillo stay healthy? How will Milos mesh?

Projected record 47-35

 

Photo Credits: SI
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