NBA Preview 2016-17: Los Angeles Clippers

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 53-29 (2016), 56-26 (2015), 57-25 (2014), 56-26 (2013), 40-26 (2012), 32-50 (2011), 29-53 (2010), 19-63 (2009), 23-59 (2008), 40-42 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016 First-Round vs. Portland Trailblazers

Last Playoff Series Win: 2015 First-Round vs. San Antonio Spurs

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: 0


Head Coach:

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Doc Rivers

Overall Record: 753-553

Record With Team: 166-80

Playoff Record: 79-75


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Chris Paul (19.5 PPG, 10.0 APG, 4.2 RPG, 26.31 PER)

SG: J.J. Redick (16.3 PPG, 1.4 APG, 1.9 RPG, 17.58 PER)

SF: Luc Mbah a Moute (3.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 BPG, 7.28 PER)

PF: Blake Griffin (21.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 0.5 BPG, 22.22 PER)

C: DeAndre Jordan (12.7 PPG, 13.8 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 20.66 PER)

Bench:

Jamal Crawford (SG), Brandon Bass (PF), Austin Rivers (PG), Wesley Johnson (SF), Paul Pierce (SF), Marreese Speights (C), Raymond Felton (PG), Brice Johnson (PF), Alan Anderson (SF), Diamond Stone (C)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Blake Griffin (21.4)

Rebounds Per Game: DeAndre Jordan (13.8)

Steals Per Game: Chris Paul (2.1)

Assists Per Game: Chris Paul (10.0)

Blocks Per Game: DeAndre Jordan (2.3)

Turnovers Per Game: Chris Paul (2.6)


The Prediction:

50-32

Last year was a bad year for the Los Angeles Clippers. Even though they finished the regular season with an impressive record of 53-29 and made the playoffs, an unexpected rash of injuries led to the Clippers getting bounced from the first-round by the lesser talented Portland Trailblazers making last season one big epic fail. The good news for Clippers fans is, most of the team is back as the franchise looks to prove that last year was a fluke and this team is indeed built to win a championship. The bad news for Clippers fans is, this franchise has NEVER been past the conference semifinals in the playoffs and the Western Conference is loaded once again.

So what should we honestly expect from these guys this year? Personally, I think they’ll be the same team they’ve been the last few seasons. A really good regular season team that gets around 50-55 wins and locks up one of the top four spots in the playoffs. The big question surrounding this team is the same thing every year. How will they respond once they get to the playoffs? Last year they became an injured train wreck and before that they always ran into a team that was more talented than they were. Can Doc Rivers and company finally get that second-round playoff monkey off of their back?

Probably not. Because they are the Clippers and that’s what they do.

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