With an NBA championship in sight in 2023, the Los Angeles Clippers are in a prime position to overtake the Golden State Warriors as Western Conference champions and claim their first title in franchise history.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will be back in action and ready to inflict some serious damage. The signing of John Wall will also add to that effort and boost their chances of winning the Larry O’Brien Trophy next season.
They continued to fill out their roster well by re-signing Amir Coffey and Nicolas Batum, as well as extending Ivica Zubac and Robert Covington. Even with a revamped team that is sure to rise through the ranks of the NBA‘s elite, the Clippers are still far from having a complete roster.
With that, let’s now discuss the one key move the Clippers need to make in the 2022 NBA offseason.
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Clippers still have to make a key move in the 2022 NBA offseason
Add another center via a business or a free agency
When fully healthy and in sync, the Clippers have one of the deepest and most complete rosters in the NBA. Their biggest flaw, however, is their lack of size and length. Despite this, they still managed to be one of the best defensive teams in the league. On the other hand, they will need a reliable presence in the center if they hope to keep pace with some of the biggest teams in the Western Conference.
Ivica Zubac has done well for the Clippers and Robert Covington is thriving 5th in small ball lineups. However, they will still need to sign or trade for an additional lower body. This will provide them with consistent rim protection and bounce, as well as a lob threat. With the likes of Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge still available, these could all be high-impact signings for the Clippers at a bargain price.
A few other players LA might consider acquiring via trade are Myles Turner or Jakob Poeltl. These are two centers that would also fill a major need for the Clippers. When they face the front lines of the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans, among others, the Clippers will need to have a beefed-up center rotation that can match those perennial contenders.
If they’re able to address that area of concern in the 2022 NBA offseason, then the sky’s the limit for what this Clippers crew can accomplish. Revamped with their superstars expected to be 100% back, the Clippers hope to achieve the unthinkable next season and win the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time in NBA history.
The Clippers would be truly unstoppable with another big one in their rotation. They still have plenty of options to choose from and all of those available players would surely help them get over the hump and make their first-ever NBA Finals appearance. Throughout the 2022-23 NBA campaign, LA will have a lot to do while facing a ton of pressure. So solving their problems at center could be what makes or breaks their title chances next year.