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Who will the Los Angeles Clippers’ starting line-up be next season?



Last year, the Los Angeles Clippers had 37 different starting line-ups, the most in the NBA, due to injuries to key players such as Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari, and Milos Teodosic. The Clippers have solid players with similar skill levels, making it difficult to predict who the starting line-up will be for them next season.

Most likely, the Clippers will switch up their starting line-up a couple of times in the beginning of the season before sticking to their most solid line-up. At point guard, Milos Teodosic, Patrick Beverley, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are all potential starters. These players all bring different skill sets to the table. Teodosic is a traditional passing point guard but lacks in defense, Beverley brings defensive intensity, and Gilgeous-Alexander has potential to be a star with his ability to attack on offense and his length on defense.

At shooting guard, the Clippers have Avery Bradley and Lou Williams, but Williams will most likely sit due to his role as the sixth man. The Clippers also might put one of their point guards at the two spot and have two point guards at the guard positions instead.

LA Clippers forward Tobias Harris. Photo by: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

At the three and four, the Clippers have Danilo Gallinari, Tobais Harris, Mike Scott, and Luc Mbah a Moute. Here, it is most likely that Gallinari will start at the three while Harris will start at the 4. At second string, Mbah Moute, who can play both small and power forward, will most likely back up Gallinari at the 3 in order to allow Scott to play his traditional position at the four as a back-up to Harris.

At center, the Clippers acquired Marcin Gortat and Johnathan Motley while re-signing Montrezl Harrell. Harrell had a productive season last year and offers more talent and offensive potential. However, Gortat is more experienced and therefore seems to be the likely starter.

One thing to keep in mind is that the best players are not necessarily the starters. Different players play better with other players, so the first and second-string line-ups will most likely be based on who plays well with which player. It also depends on the strategy of the Clippers. If they want to focus on defense in the guard position, they would start Beverley and Bradley for their amazing defensive prowess. If they needed solid defensive paint presence, they would start Harrell at the four and Gortat at the 5. Nevertheless, though the Clippers do not have any all-star players, they have a very solid first and second team, making them a threat in the west.

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