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The Most Realistic Starting Lineup And Roster For The Los Angeles Clippers Next Season

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The Los Angeles Clippers are a team that was without superstar Kawhi Leonard for the entire 2021-22 season, which explains them finishing as the 8th seed. They were then eliminated in the play-in tournament by the New Orleans Pelicans, though some of that is due to superstar Paul George being sidelined for that specific matchup.

Next season though, the Los Angeles Clippers should, in theory, be contenders. They will have two superstars on the roster and good role players throughout the roster. Many consider them the deepest team in the league. Obviously, they will still have to develop chemistry and figure out each player's role beyond the superstars, but in terms of talent, the Los Angeles Clippers have it all.

There will definitely be some lineup changes for the Los Angeles Clippers next season, as Kawhi Leonard will be coming back, and the team will end up having to integrate former All-Star John Wall. In this article, we will predict the most realistic starting lineup and roster for the Clippers going into next season.


The Clippers Already Have A Top-Tier Roster

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The Los Angeles Clippers are a team that has not been mentioned in a lot of trade rumors this offseason, and for good reason. They already have two superstars on their roster in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, which gives them a foundation to win an NBA championship.

The team has also put a good number of elite role players around their stars, which gives them the depth required to have a successful regular season and finish as a top-tier seed. They are an experienced veteran squad with a good amount of experience in a playoff environment, which is generally what is needed to win a championship. It is clear that the Los Angeles Clippers have what is needed to win at the highest level, and there is no urgency for them to make any adjustments to the team.

Obviously, the team's situation could change between now and the trade deadline, and perhaps the Los Angeles Clippers will elect to make a consolidation trade for a high-level player at some point. They have a lot of stackable contracts that could be combined to match a max contract in a hypothetical trade. However, it is clear that the Los Angeles Clippers are comfortable with what they have now and are willing to roll with their team going into the season.


The Most Realistic Roster For The Los Angeles Clippers

Starting Lineup: John Wall, Norman Powell, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac

The Best Bench Players: Reggie Jackson, Terance Mann, Nicolas Batum, Marcus Morris, Robert Covington

The starting lineup is fairly simple. Ivica Zubac will likely start games as the only true center on the roster, though his minutes will likely vary depending on the matchup. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will obviously start at the PF and the SF spots. They both have the versatility, length, and multi-positional defense to play those positions.

It was mentioned that Reggie Jackson and John Wall would compete for the starting point guard spot in training camp, and in our scenario, John Wall ends up being the starting point guard. Wall is a better defender than Reggie Jackson and a better playmaker as well. He will be the one running the offense and taking some of the ballhandling duties from Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Norman Powell would provide supplementary offense in the starting lineup, and he is solid on the perimeter defensively as well.

The Los Angeles Clippers could potentially have one of the best benches in the league. Reggie Jackson would provide a scoring punch for the backup unit and would likely still play heavy minutes. Robert Covington, Marcus Morris, and Nicolas Batum are all elite shooters that can punish defenses for leaving them open. Covington and Batum are notably both switchable defenders as well and could potentially close games at the C position instead of Ivica Zubac. Terance Mann would likely be the primary defender in that unit, and he could potentially see some closing minutes in situations where elite defense is required.

Overall, the Los Angeles Clippers have a well-balanced roster that should be a top-2 roster in the Western Conference. They will obviously have to get through the Golden State Warriors to get to the Finals, and they definitely have the talent to do so.


The Clippers Can Win A Championship Next Season

The Los Angeles Clippers have a good shot of winning the championship next season. Kawhi Leonard has shown that he can be the No. 1 option on a championship-level team, and we all know that he saves his best performances for the postseason. While his regular season defense isn't necessarily as consistent as when he was on the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard can definitely lock up defensively when it matters. We've seen him play stellar defense on players like Luka Doncic in the past. Obviously, how Kawhi Leonard returns from his ACL injury will be crucial for the Los Angeles Clippers, but if he's the same version of himself that he was during the 2020-21 season, The Los Angeles Clippers will be a competitive team.

Paul George has shown that he can be the No. 1 option on a solid team last year, and the Clippers were definitely doing well before he went out with an injury. George is the perfect No. 2 behind Kawhi Leonard, as he can provide volume scoring, good defense, and some playmaking. 

The Clippers' wing duo was recently called the "grown man version" of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who led the Boston Celtics to the Finals in 2022. Perhaps we will end up seeing Paul George and Kawhi Leonard do the same thing as the wing duo in Boston and lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a Finals appearance next year. Two-way, shot-creating wings are the most valuable type of player in the league, and the Los Angeles Clippers have two of them. Next season is likely championship or bust for the Los Angeles Clippers, and we'll see if they are able to go all the way.

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