The Los Angeles Clippers are not as bad off as some may think. Despite losing Chris Paul, the Clippers may have actually improved. In the trade with the Houston Rockets, they did manage to snag PG Patrick Beverley. While Beverley is not a 20-10 player he still good enough to get Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan the ball when needed.
Last I checked, they were still coached by Doc Rivers. Still had Griffin, Jordan plus they managed to snag Danilo Gallinari and another Sixth Man of the Year– Lou Williams up along the way.
The loss of Paul, J.J. Redick, and Jamal Crawford will sting but not as much as opponents are expecting. Paul is top 3 in terms of facilitators in the NBA. Redick is in the top half in terms of shooting and Crawford is one of the best Sixth Men in the league. But still.
The Clippers have improved. If they didn’t get Beverely in return then this would be a different discussion. To add to the argument is that fact that they also improved on their biggest weakness for the last three seasons– Small Forward.
For years, Rivers has been in search of a capable wing player to help take the pressure of his Big 3 but to no avail. It took the departure of Paul for them to finally find their guy but it seems it may have been for the better.
Will the Clips top their 2016 win total of 51 games? Maybe not, but for critics to just forget about the current level of talent just shows how little they know about the game of basketball.
The Clips will have to work on chemistry but with a roster full of vets, that won’t be too much of an issue. Now, are they set to challenge the Golden State Warriors? Not at this moment but they are stacked at each position to make a run at one of the top 3 seeds in the Western Conference.
Last I checked, that was the same spot they were in with Paul.