Los Angeles Clippers 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Los Angeles Clippers 2016 Preview
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The Los Angeles Clippers have won 50-plus games in four straight seasons and hope this will be the year they finally push for an NBA title. The talent is there and the expectations haven’t changed with this current core.
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Here is your 2016 Los Angeles Clippers NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: The Clippers lost a valuable big in Cole Aldrich, who provides a solid 15 minutes off the bench and gets big rebounds. While his numbers weren’t sexy, Aldrich did average nearly five rebounds in his one season with the Clippers. Backup point guard Pablo Prigioni returns to Houston after one season in Los Angeles. Prigioni shot 37.4 percent from the field and played in just 59 games with the Clippers last season.
Key Player Additions: The Clippers biggest addition was pulling Marreese Speights from rival Golden State. While a streaky player, Speights can hit the midrange shot and provide a boost off the bench from time to time. Brandon Bass shot nearly 55 percent from the field last season with the Lakers and provides about five rebounds in 20 minutes of action. The Clips also took a flyer on backup point guard Raymond Felton, who averaged 3.6 assists last season with the Dallas Mavericks.
Draft: Brice Johnson was a value pick in the late first round, as he’s a high energy player who is effective around the rim and solid defensively. Johnson has the potential to be a decent pro and should compete for playing time right away behind Blake Griffin. The Clips also snagged center Diamond Stone, who hasn’t even began tapping into his potential after one season with Maryland. Stone is highly skilled and could be an effective big in the due time.
Outlook: Honestly, if there’s any starting five that can compete with the Warriors, it’d be the Clippers. Chris Paul, Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, JJ Reddick and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute/Paul Pierce is as good as you’re going to find outside of the Bay Area. It just remains to be seen if the Clippers bench can rise to the occasion and make this roster complete. Still, when healthy, the Clippers are as talented of a team as you’ll find in the NBA outside of the Warriors, and there’s no reason why they can't compete for an NBA title. This will be an interesting year for Doc Rivers and company.