This upcoming NBA season will be crucial for the Los Angeles Clippers. Another underwhelming campaign would likely mean the end of Lob City.
Given their formidable lineup, the Clippers should have at least made the western conference finals by now. Numerous setbacks on and off the court have prevented the team from going deep into the playoffs year after year.
Tim Hart of Nugg Love proposed a roster change that would help the Clippers endure any seven-game series. By dealing DeAndre Jordan to the Denver Nuggets, the Clippers can bring in Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler. The dynamic duo would add versatility and consistency to Doc Rivers’ playbook.
Faried is a high-energy player known for his defense and rebounding. He has also slowly increased his shooting percentages.
Meanwhile, Chandler can be relied upon on both ends of the floor. He is a steady contributor on offense and can hold his own against superstar-caliber forwards on defense.
Last season, Chandler averaged 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the Nuggets. He shot 42.9 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc, Basketball Reference reported.
The Los Angeles Clippers can easily plug Faried and Chandler into the starting lineup. Blake Griffin would slide into the center position, where he can use his foot-speed against slower defenders.
As for the Nuggets, they will get a strong defensive presence in Jordan. The 6-foot-11 rim protector has gotten a fair amount of criticism for his poor free throw shooting and lack of post moves. In Denver, he can prove the naysayers wrong by being the focal point on offense.
The Nuggets are filled to the brim with three-point shooters. Jordan’s primary role is to clog up the paint for loose balls and occasional alley-oops. He would mean to the Nuggets what Dwight Howard meant to the Orlando Magic. That Howard-led squad reached the NBA Finals back in 2009.