The Clippers won 48 games last season and took the Golden State Warriors to six games in the first round of the 2019 playoffs without having a single All-Star on the roster. Los Angeles added two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and All-Star small forward Paul George this summer.
Enes Kanter thinks the Clippers are going to be a “nightmare” on both ends of the court next season.
"If you don't count the Celtics, I'll say the Clippers. Offensively, and defensively. The Clippers lineup is tough — you got Beverley, Paul George, Kawhi, Harrell coming off the bench and Lou. They're definitely going to be a nightmare." — @EnesKanter pic.twitter.com/nwa3bhLwAO
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) August 28, 2019
Leonard and George are two of the best players in the NBA. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are walking buckets off the bench while Patrick Beverley is a fierce defender who causes havoc on opposing guards. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is going to have a multitude of lineups he'll be able to deploy in 2019-20.
The Clippers have good depth, but they will go as far as Leonard and George can guide them. Leonard, who is also a three-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Toronto Raptors last season. He shot 49.6 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85.4 percent from the free-throw line.
George, meanwhile, has made the All-Star team six times and an All-Defensive team four times. The 29-year-old put up 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 2018-19 on the Oklahoma City Thunder while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, 38.6 percent from the 3-point line and 83.9 percent from the charity stripe.
The battle for Los Angeles next season between the Clippers and Lakers is going to be very fun to watch. LeBron James and Anthony Davis versus Kawhi Leonard and Paul George is as good as it gets in the NBA.