You can easily make a case for the Clippers being the best team, not just in Los Angeles in the entire league, they’re bringing back most of the core that won 48 games last season and pushed a Warriors team with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to six games in the first round of the playoffs and with Leonard and George, they add two players who combined for 54.6 points, 15.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 5.7 3-pointers and 4.0 steals last year.
While the Clippers have a much more rounded out roster than most teams, they still had needs to fill. Montrezl Harrell can be their starting power forward or center but frontcourt depth would help them and Harrell was formidable off the bench, averaging 16.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 26.09 minutes over 77 games as a reserve so he should keep that role.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, JaMychal Green is finalizing a two-year, $10 million deal to stay with the Clippers. Green was one of the top players remaining in free agency and he reportedly turned down more lucrative deals elsewhere to pursue a championship with the Clippers.
Clippers Starting Lineup & Roster With JaMychal Green
*Notates expected starter
C: Ivica Zubac*, Montrezl Harrell, Mfiondu Kabengele
PF: Maurice Harkless*, JaMychal Green
SF: Paul George*, Terance Mann
SG: Kawhi Leonard*, Landry Shamet, Jerome Robinson, Rodney McGruder
PG: Patrick Beverley*, Lou Williams
Doc Rivers can use many different combinations, Paul George can also start at power forward (like he did when the Thunder had Carmelo Anthony at the three), Leonard can be the starting small forward, giving Landry Shamet a more prominent role at shooting guard and JaMychal Green provides even more depth and versatility because he can get minutes at power forward and at center.
Green shined in 24 regular season games (two starts) with the Clippers last year, averaging 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in 19.6 minutes and he might have reinvented himself as a high-volume 3-point shooter.
The 29-year-old made a career-high 40.3 percent of his 3-pointers last season, including his 41 games with Grizzlies and his time with the Clippers and after being traded to Los Angeles he went from shooting 3.8 3-pointers per 36 minutes to 6.1 per 36 minutes.
When the Clippers traded Tobias Harris to the 76ers they actually got better offensively and the shooting provided by Green and Landry Shamet had a lot to do with it. If Green keeps attempting 3-point shots at the rate he did last season, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Lou Williams will have more space to make plays and even if there’s a slight dip on his volume and effectiveness, he can still be a solid contributor on defense.
This is what Green told Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times in February: “I like playing with players that are dogs, I consider myself one. Coming here, I knew I had some dogs to play with.” Green’s skills at both ends of the court make him a crucial addition to the rotation, giving the Clippers an even deeper bench.
Los Angeles Clippers 2019-20 Regular Season Wins
(Courtesy of BetOnline)
Over 54.5 Wins +100
Under 54.5 Wins -130
Who wins the Lakers vs. Clippers season series?
Series tie +100
Los Angeles Clippers +150
Los Angeles Lakers +225
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