Over at Bleacher Report, I put together a end-of-the-offseason piece grading out the Clippers’ roster position by position. Click here to read the full piece. Here is an excerpt from the section on J.J. Redick and the shooting guards:
Redick only played 35 games last season but completely opened up the offense when he was able to stay on the floor. It’s not just his elite shooting that helps his teammates but also the versatility he adds to the attack.
Rivers changes up his schemes when the Dukie is able to play. The Clippers run far more pin-down screens. They send Redick jetting off screens all over the floor. He’s a never-ending pinball on the offensive end. Knocking down shots is only part of that.
Forcing a defense to move only gives it more opportunities to screw up its rotations and get caught out of position. Crawford, meanwhile, plays a different type of importance.
Last season’s Sixth Man of the Year is the Clippers’ main ball-handling scorer off the bench. There is always going to be trade speculation around the instant-offense phenom, but in many ways, the Clips need Crawford’s scoring and durability in the reserve unit.
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