The Clippers at times last season looked like they were going to be nearly impossible to beat in a seven-game series. However, when it came down to it, chemistry issues and poor performance resulted in an extremely disappointing second-round playoff exit.
After a fairly significant roster shakeup this offseason, the new-look Clippers will look to take another shot at an NBA title in the 2020-21 season. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will still lead the way, but their supporting cast will look a bit different.
Clippers Roster Additions
|Daniel Oturu||Draft (33rd)|
|Jay Scrubb||Draft (55th)|
|Serge Ibaka||Free Agency (TOR)|
|Nicolas Batum||Free Agency (CHA)|
|Ky Bowman||Free Agency (GSW)|
|Malik Fitts||Free Agency (UDFA)|
|Jordan Ford||Free Agency (UDFA)|
|Luke Kennard||Trade (DET)|
- Serge Ibaka: Serge Ibaka is the floor-spacing, defensive-minded big that the Clippers desperately needed last season. As great as Montrezl Harrell was, Ibaka might be a better player from a fit standpoint. With extremely high expectations coming into the upcoming season, Ibaka will look to help the Clippers rise to the occasion and further elevate their impressive defense.
- Luke Kennard: The acquisition of Kennard was extremely underrated. While the Clippers did have to give up their young shooter in Landry Shamet, Kennard is a more proven, well-rounded offensive player. Finally healthy after facing injury issues last season, the Clippers will get another guy who has the ability to score 20 points on a given night.
Clippers Roster Subtractions
|JaMychal Green||Free Agency (DEN)|
|Montrezl Harrell||Free Agency (LAL)|
|Jonathan Motley||Free Agency (PHX)|
|Landry Shamet||Trade (BKN)|
|Rodney McGruder||Trade (DET)|
- Montrezl Harrell: While Ibaka arguably fits the Clippers’ schemes and style of play better, Harrell will still be missed. He was the best bench player in the NBA last season, averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
- Landry Shamet: Kennard is a more experienced, well-rounded scorer than Shamet, so the Clippers were comfortable pulling the trigger to swap these two in a trade over the offseason. When it came to pure three-point shooting ability, Shamet was a major asset last season.