Kawhi Leonard and Paul George Impact on the Clippers
Kawhi Leonard’s decision to sign a four-year deal in free agency with the Los Angeles Clippers will have significant ramifications in the NBA for the next decade. The backbone to the Leonard deal is the Clippers trading for another superstar in Paul George. A trade that should effectively negate the Clippers any opportunity of acquiring a star talent via the draft for nearly a decade.
Kawhi Leonard 2018 Regular Season & Playoffs
Regular Season Per Game: 28 points and 8.2 rebounds (First Team All-NBA)
Playoffs Per Game: 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds (Finals MVP)
Paul George 2018 Regular Season & Playoffs
Regular Season Per Game: 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds
Playoffs Per Game: 28.6 points and 8.6 rebounds
The Clippers will lose Danilo Gallinari’s 19.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game along with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 10.8 points per game in the deal with Oklahoma City that upgrades a 48-34 side.
The downside is Alexander is only a rookie and has tremendous upside, and the Clippers are sending Oklahoma City their unprotected 2022, 2024 and 2026 picks, their unprotected 2021 and protected 2023 first-round picks via Miami, and the rights to swap picks with the Clippers in 2023 and 2025 according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The Clippers barring injuries should win 50+ games this upcoming season their current odds to win the NBA title are 7/2 tying them with the Lakers for the best odds in the league.
2019 NBA Draft
The 2019 NBA Draft is in in the books. The top three picks in the draft three picks were Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans), Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) and RJ Barrett (New York Knicks).
A Look Back at the 2016 NBA Draft
The decision to not do a mock draft provided an opportunity to look back and grade the 2016 NBA Draft. There is now three years since the selections.