- Joined Dec 27, 2011
I've heard that point guard criticism too from good bball people. The Clippers avg 115 ppg without Tobias Harris for a good portion of that stat line. Even though I think a true solid backup pg is needed. We well be fine.The big criticism I see about the LA Clippers is 1) Playmaking and 2) Size
I think the Clippers "Lack" of playmaking concern is completely overblown. They factually have had one of the league's 10 best offenses over the past two seasons. Here's a list of some of the Clippers logging major minutes that helped created that vaunted top 10 offense
I think...The LA Clippers will be fine on the playmaking front by adding Paul George and Kawhi Leonard Doc Rivers is a genius level offensive coach. I'd be disappointed if the Clips took a step back offensively. They had NO playmakers last year and still were top 10 in offense, the best offensive team in the half court, the best clutch team in the league, so I have next to worries on that front.
The Clippers do lack some front court size, but this isn't a fatal flaw to me. You look at teams that have went deep into the post season in recent years, PJ tucker was starting at the 4, Draymond Green obviously was playing almost exclusively at the 5 in GSW's last playoff run, The Cavs were starting Bron and RJ in 2016, the best players in recent finals runs have been KD, Kawhi, Lebron aka wings. So while LAC does lack some size, Zu is huge and was a great rim protector last season for LAC, and I think Wings are FAR AND AWAY the most important prerequisite for a championship team and the Clips have far and away the best wing stable in the league (Kawhi/PG/Harkless/Green/Shamet).
The Lakers are the only team in the west w/the size to make one even think of this as a valid concern, and even w/them, when it matters they'll probably be playing 4 out w/ (AD/Bron/Kuzma/X/X)
Sometimes basketball criticism is truly rooted in league wide tendencies and trends. Purple that think the Clippers will have trouble scoring when we had no issues without kawhi and pg just are spewing out nonsense.
I heard a guy recently state that the Clippers will have trouble scoring because they don't have a score first pg.
That's just not true and stats suggest the opposite.
The Clippers transition offense and Lou Williams potency when on the floor with kawhi and pg will be potent