Clippers’ Updated Roster, Starting Lineup After Serge Ibaka’s Reported Agreement
In the end, they end up arguably updating rather, as Serge Ibaka accepted a two-year, $19 million offer late Saturday, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
While Harrell is coming off a Sixth Male of the Year regular season, Ibaka is an upgrade in basically every aspect. He is a far remarkable defender, extends the flooring on offense and has a profession’s worth of playoff success under his belt.
Here is an appearance at how the Clippers rotation looks after his finalizing:
The Clippers still have an obvious requirement at point guard, having stopped working to convince Rajon Rondo to join the franchise. Rondo instead accepted a contract with the Atlanta Hawks, per Wojnarowski. Luke Kennard may have the ability to fill the function as a distributor off the bench, but he’s been oft-injured throughout his NBA career and is not a lead ball-handler.
Despite still having a clear roster shortage, it’s easy to argue that Ibaka fills the need that ultimately knocked the Clippers out of the playoffs last season. Nikola Jokic dominated Zubac and Harrell in specific, essentially playing the latter off the flooring.
Ibaka must have the ability to hold his own in the playoffs against many huge men while also keeping the flooring well-spaced. The Clippers’ “finest 5” lineup will include five players who shot above the NBA league average from three-point variety last season while positioning no obvious protective weak points.
These Clippers need to prove they can withstand the postseason pressure, however they again look to be the finest team in the NBA on paper heading into next season.