NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL DRAFT NEWS 10-20-2015
NEW AND IMPROVED LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS ARE LOOKIN’ GOOD
The Los Angeles Clippers are in the best shape they’ve ever been before. In each of their last four seasons, they collected a winning percentage of over .600. Never in 25 years of existence did they ever accomplish this. The Clippers are not the NBA second L.A. team anymore, they are number one in front of the Lakers.
The Clips came in hot before last year’s playoffs, winning 14 out of the 15 final game of the season. They finished 3rd in the Western Conference and entered the first round against the San Antonio Spurs. It was an intense battle that went all the way to a 7th game. Los Angeles Chris Paul came out clutch with a buzzer beater during this final game. Their playoffs journey continued with a meeting against the Houston Rockets. After taking the early series lead 3-1, the Clippers lost the next three games and were eliminated from the NBA championship race.
A lot of big changes were made during the offseason. General manager Dave Wohl grabbed the biggest name in the NBA free agent pool with Paul Pierce. Other major acquisitions were power forward Josh Smith, who played with Houston last year, small forward Wesley Johnson and shooting guard Lance Stephenson. Wohl was also able to resign center DeAndre Jordan to a new contract. With an improve team, the Clippers became contenders for the NBA title.
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Paul led the NBA with 838 assists last year, and the team with 1564 total points. He’s truly one of the premiere playmakers in the league if not the best. Blake Griffin does make his job a little easier. But with the addition of Paul Pierce, the 30 year-old point guard fantasy value just elevated big time.
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Redick showed last season that he’s a skilled three point shooter. He ended up in the top 5 of the NBA three point’s field goal scorers with 200. With the arrival of big shot maker Paul Pierce, J.J. could see his number of outside shot attempts decrease. But because Pierce is closer to retirement, I wouldn’t worry about that too much.
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Pierce is 38 years old and closing in on the end of his hall of fame career, a last push towards the NBA championship is his goal. And there’s no better way to accomplish that than in his hometown of Inglewood with his former Boston Celtic coach Doc Rivers. He brings with him an array of offensive skills and defensive acumen. His experience will benefit the team a lot.
While Pierce is still a great player. His body is getting old and could likely fall to injury. If that’s the case, Wesley Johnson is there as the backup option. A fourth overall draft pick in the 2010 draft, Johnson struggled to put up good offensive numbers in the NBA. But he did have career-highs with 9.9 Points/Game and 3.8 Field Goals/Game, last year.
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Griffin his somewhat of a force near the net. Every steps he take creates a rumble and his dunks have been highlights reels. He scored 1469 points last year, despite missing time due to a staph infection in his right elbow. The 26 years-old will be pushed this year by Josh Smith, who was acquired this summer by the team.
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Fresh off re-signing with the Clippers, last year’s league leader in rebounds (with 1226) can now focus on the new season ahead. He also came third in the league in shots block with 183.