The Los Angeles Clippers were headed to being a playoff contender last season, but injuries to key players derailed their championship hopes. Nevertheless, the Clippers persevered and was the #8 seed for the Western Conference Play-in games. However, Los Angeles lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves and lost to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Those two losses knocked the Clippers out of the Western Conference Playoffs. However, all of the players that were injured are back for this season. Plus, Los Angeles signed PG John Wall and C Moses Brown to make their roster one of the deepest in the NBA. However, Wall and Kawhi Leonard need to be placed in bubble wrap for the entire season.
Plus, the Clippers had a second-round pick in this year's NBA Draft in which they were able to select someone that will be given time to develop throughout next season.
Round 2, Pick 13: Moussa Diabate - PF - Michigan. 6'10", 210 lbs (9 ppg, 6 rpg).
Diabate was hyped up to be a player that was going to make a major impact at Michigan last season, but he only had one game in which he scored over 20 points. He rebounds well, but he will have to improve his strength, his post moves, and his shooting range. Fortunately, he was drafted by the Clippers because he will be given a chance to develop all season long. The only ways that he will see time in games this season will be due to injury or due to a rout. Grade: C+.