Over at my site (The NetworksUnited), I went through every roster and tried to slot starters, rotations, and bench roles. It’s an exercise I’ve done for a few years now. I originally posted this in early August and recently made some addendums in mid-September; I expect to do another round of addendums in the last week of the preseason in October.
Each team will be separated by their nominal starting five (PG = point guard, SG = shooting guard, SF = small forward, PF = power forward, C = center), with most important players followed by the more replaceable parts (i.e, franchise player of the Big 3, followed by the other two starters). Also included are the rotation (6th man through 8th man), followed by the rest of the bench (up to the 13th man). New additions are marked by an asterisk*, rookies by a (1). Players who are uncertain to be ready for the season opener are kept out of the starting lineup and rotation and marked with a (+). Because of the heavy coaching and management turnover, those figures are listed as well.
Here’s what I had to say for the Los Angeles Clippers:
Los Angeles Clippers (2015-2016: 53-29, 2nd in Pacific, 4th in Western, First Round Loss to Portland)
Starters: PG Chris Paul, C DeAndre Jordan, SG J.J. Redick, SF Luc Mbah a Moute, PF Brandon Bass*
Rotation: SG Jamal Crawford, C Marreese Speights*, PG Austin Rivers
Bench: PF Blake Griffin (+), SF Wesley Johnson, PF Brice Johnson (1), SF Paul Pierce, PG Raymond Felton*
Head Coach: Doc Rivers
General Manager: Dave Wohl
The Clippers briefly courted Kevin Durant, but decided to re-sign many of their own free agents instead: Mbah a Moute, 2015-2016 6th Man of the Year Crawford, Austin Rivers, and Wesley Johnson. Pierce is taking his time to contemplate retirement, but it doesn’t appear that the team will count on him for a significant role even if he’s back. Bass, Speights, and 1st-round pick Brice Johnson are the new reserve bigs. Bass replaces Jeff Green, who the Clippers gave up a future 1st-round pick to acquire midseason; one former Celtic replaces another for Doc Rivers. Speights replaces Cole Aldrich, a downgrade on defense and in the paint even though Speights is a better shooter. Brice Johnson replaces Jeff Ayres, and though he should be given a chance to get in the rotation, Doc Rivers hasn’t played a rookie for even ten minutes per game since 2004-2005 in Boston. Felton is an upgrade on Pablo Prigioni, and he figures to see more time than the average third-string PG since he’s the only pass-first player the Clippers have on the bench. Blake Griffin (partially torn left quad) is expected to be ready for training camp, but he is also coming off a bad season off the court and he can opt out of his deal (along with Paul) in 2017. The Clippers are shutting down all trade rumors, but that won’t stop the vultures in what is shaping up as the team’s last chance to contend.
Note that I haven’t had any addendums for the Clippers as of mid-September. If any of you talk to The Truth, feel free to let me know. In the meantime! Follow this post for the rest of the league and definitely let us know what you think about the rotation headed into the season:
The 2016 NBA Summer Moves from #TheNU now has September addendums
— Law Murray (@LawMurrayTheNU) September 16, 2016