Hailed as Finals favorite before they’ve even played a game, the LA Clippers have created a culture that’s exactly the opposite of the Davis Sterling-era. One of inclusion and dominance has graced the Staples Center court.
Unlike their LA counterparts, the Clippers made the playoffs last season. Then, without losing too many pieces, they added Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, two of the most dominant two-way forwards in the entire league.
Kawhi averaged a career-high 26.6 points per game last season with the championship-winning Raptors. George, who was on a track to be MVP at one point last season, averaged 28.0 per game. Those two were sixth and second in the league respectively.
Add in a defensive hound in Patrick Beverley, and this team will be dominant on both ends of the court. However, we still don’t know how they’ll mesh with one ball and two superstars, but it’s difficult to imagine too many issues surfacing.
The two teams will actually open the season against each other in the Chase Center on October 24. This will be where this Golden State, without Klay Thompson, can prove that they can still thrive. Altogether, the two teams will play four times, two at each facility.