The Los Angeles Clippers ended the season fourteen games avove the .500 mark and made it into the playoffs. In round one they were matched up against the Los Angeles Clippers, and they were tough through the entire series. They took the Warriors to game six before finally bowing out.
This offseason, two big-name free agents took note of the Clippers success a year ago and decided to join them. The first was Paul George, who signed for 30 million a year. The second was Kawhi Leonard, who signed for 32 million a season. These two moves immediately propel the Clippers into championship status. After several trades, the Clippers ended up with the 27th selection overall in the draft, which was used on Florida State freshman center Mfiondu Kabengele. After the two big moves in free agency, the Clippers were pretty much tapped in terms of cap, so they did nothing else.
George and Leonard join a roster that already includes the likes of small forward Maurice Harkless, point guard Patrick Beverly, and the veteran shooting guard Lou Williams, who even though it seems as if he has been around forever, he hasn’t, he’s only 33. If this roster can click, which at times it has early this season, they can give the Lakers serious fits in the playoffs if they really want to.
The Los Angeles Clippers, commonly referred to as “Lob City” the last number of years, finished the regular season a year ago with a record of 51-31, good enough for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The team lost in seven games in that first round to the Utah Jazz. For the Clippers, the off season was more about what they lost than what they gained. Point guard Chris Paul left the team. For some reason, forward Blake Griffin re-signed a maximum-deal for five years, and reportedly it was more about the money than anything else. Many are expecting coach Doc Rivers move on before the season is out, and the Clippers will need to rebuild.