The Los Angeles Clippers Have The Biggest Chance To Be The 2023 Championship!

The Los Angeles Clippers Have The Biggest Chance To Be The 2023 Championship!

The battle of Los Angeles was a bout that all NBA fans were waiting for ever since the Lakers got their duo of LeBron and AD while the Clippers had Kawhi Leonard and Paul George as their dual aces. Of course it is a matchup that all basketball fans have been waiting for. But the day hasn’t come yet. 

The matchup that never happened

From 2019 to this date, the fans did not get the pleasure of seeing the two matchup in a playoffs. The 2020 playoffs were a good chance but the Clippers blew a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets and the Lakers went all the way to win the championship. 

In the 2021 playoffs, the Clippers made a run this time but the Lakers were tossed out by the Phoenix Suns. The Suns in turn took the pleasure of taking out even the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Finals. And finally, none of them made it into the 2022 playoffs. 

You would think the hype would fade but that’s not the case. Both teams have had quite a change in their roster since then and they are looking good on paper. But when measuring up and looking at roster depth, the Clippers have done an extremely great job. Their management and front office is finally showing fruits of their labor as they have accumulated quite the talent and Leonard’s injury in 2021 had all started this. 

The start of a revamp

After Kawhi’s injury, the Clippers reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history thanks to the coaching of Tyronne Lue. With Paul George and the rest of the crew, the Clipper have made first real progress. It was a great decision to let Doc Rivers go. 

Entering into the next season, the Clippers revamped their roster by signing some role players. With Kawhi Leonard injured and Paul George having to sit out games because of certain injuries as well, the Clippers did not have any All-Stars in their team. Reggie Jackson was the primary scorer with Terance Mann relishing the role as a secondary scorer. This absence of their superstar boded well for the franchise as this gave room for the rest of the players to develop and buld their chemistry. 

What’s more in the trade deadline they signed Norman Powell and Robert Covington from the Portland Trail Blazers. They were doing way better than the Lakers in the regular season and has definitely proven their team oriented style of play. Tyronne Lue was always thought of to have a coaching career because of Lebron but him leading the Clippers really showed the NBA his worth.
In the 2022 off-season, the Clippers made the change that they needed to do and brought in John Wall without losing anything at all. Although John Wall light not be the player he once was, however, his ability as a playmaker and a shot creator cannot be ignored by any team. Having Wall along side Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will be a lethal combination for any team to handle. 

They are coming

Looking at the new starting lineup for the Clippers, they will start with John Wall, Norman Powell, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Ivica Zubac. On the bench they have Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Marcus Morris, Terance Mann, Nicolas Batum and Robert Covington. All these players are good two way players specializing in one aspect of scoring. Such a deep roster will be difficult for any opponent to handle. Also the coach who is handling this deep roster knows what he is doing. 

Most of the Clippers core members were injured for majority of the time but next season everyone will be healthy. This spells doom for the rest of the league. If the Clippers maintain their domination the next season, they may as well go all the way. For the next season, the Los Angeles Clippers have the best shot at the championship against all odds. 

“Ladies and gentleman you have witnessed the 2nd greatest performance in NBA history.” That’s the way Soham was introduced to the world of Basketball. He is an ardent fan of the game capturing every moment, whether it be the long and turbulent regular season or the nail-biting playoff series. His perspective as a player provides valuable insight to the game. A follower of Kobe Bryant, he brings his mamba mentality in gathering every piece of information of the NBA.