• 2019-2020 LA Clippers Season Recap to date

    2018-2019 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

            48-34                                     26-15                            22-19

    2019-2020 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

             44-20                                     25-7                            19-13

    Fun Facts for the season

    -It is a tale of two franchises in Los Angeles. The Lakers are one of the most prolific franchises in NBA history, having made the Finals more than any other team (31 NBA Finals appearances) while the Clippers have had the longest drought in NBA history without ever making an NBA Finals (50 years).

    -Many expected Kawhi Leonard to miss more than 13 games so far this season and that could help explain why his ADP was 10th overall (according to Yahoo!). Leonard’s total value fell off by a full round of value in comparison with his per-game value after only playing in 74 percent of his team’s games in Toronto last season. By comparison, Kawhi was able to maintain first-round value on both a per-game and totals basis as the defending NBA Finals MVP was on track to play in 80 percent of his games with the Clippers.

    -Drafting injured players to start the season is a risky proposition for fantasy GMs and Paul George did not pan out as he has only taken the floor in 66 percent of his team’s games thus far this season, resulting in a four-round drop in value between his per-game numbers (3rd/3rd round) and his totals (7th/7th round). An injury-riddled season had George fall short of his early second-round ADP and it is a lesson for everyone that drafting injured players early can cost you.

    -The Clippers’ five-man lineup of Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, George, Leonard and Montrezl Harrell have only played 56 minutes together across 17 games but have the second best defensive rating in the league (min. 50 minutes together) of 84.4. When/if the season resumes and we head into the playoffs, expect to see this combination of players on the court together a lot more as the Clips look to earn their first NBA title.

    -As a result of the new influx of talent on the roster, the incredible bench duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell both saw their values decline season over season. Williams saw his usage fall from a career-high 32.4 in 2018-19 to 28.3 so far this season which helps explain the dip in his fantasy production as there are more mouths to feed. Harrell actually saw his usage increase season over season but saw his value fall due to a drop-off in defensive stats as well as percentages.

    -The Clippers have perhaps their best chance at an NBA Finals appearance in franchise history with Leonard and George surrounded by talented complimentary pieces. However, the window could close as quickly as it was opened if George and/or Kawhi decide to opt-out of their player options following the 2020-21 season. The team only has six players under team-control through the 2021-22 season and only four of them averaged 15 mpg or more this season: Patrick Beverley, Ivica Zubac, Rodney McGruder, Landry Shamet, Mfiondu Kabengele, Terance Mann

    For a closer look at how the season has gone, be sure to check out our Season So Far series. The Clippers’ entry can be found right here.

    Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Kawhi Leonard (1st round/1st round)

    -Paul George (3rd round/3rd round)

    -Montrezl Harrell (8th round/9th round)

    -Lou Williams (8th round/13th round)

    -*Marcus Morris* (8th round/8th round)

    -Patrick Beverley (10th round/10th round)

    *Deontes that most of his value came while in New York

    Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Landry Shamet (12th round/10th round from Jan 14 through Feb 13)

    -Ivica Zubac (13th round/11th round since Feb 5)

    Rosterable in standard points leagues

    (This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)

    -Kawhi Leonard (1st round)

    -Paul George (3rd round)

    -Lou Williams (7th round)

    -*Marcus Morris* (8th round)

    -Montrezl Harrell (9th round)

    -Patrick Beverley (9th round)

    *Deontes that most of his value came while in New York

    Flashes of value in standard points leagues:

    -N/A

    Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season

    -Kawhi Leonard (all formats)

    -Paul George (all formats)

    -Montrezl Harrell (all formats)

    -Lou Williams (8-cat/points leagues)

    -Patrick Beverley (all formats)

    Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season

    -Marcus Morris (all formats)

    -Landry Shamet (all formats)

    -Ivica Zubac (9-cat)

    -Reggie Jackson (points leagues)

    Upcoming Notable Free Agents

    -Marcus Morris (unrestricted)

    -Montrezl Harrell (unrestricted)

    -JaMychal Green (player option of $5.01M in 2020-21)

    -Patrick Patterson (unrestricted)

    -Reggie Jackson (unrestricted)

    Key Additions

    -Marcus Morris (acquired via trade)

    -Reggie Jackson (signed as free agent mid-season)

    Key Departures

    -Jerome Robinson (traded to Wizards)

    -Maurice Harkless (traded to Knicks)

    Upcoming Draft Picks

    -2020 second round pick

    -2021 first round pick (protected top-4, if pick falls within 5-30 New York has the right to swap first-round picks)

    -2022 second round pick

    -2022 second round pick (via Atlanta protected 31-55)

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