The Los Angeles Clippers reached the Conference semifinals last season but severely lacked depth in the front line. Ineffective bench play was the reason that knocked them out against the Houston Rockets in the 2nd round playoffs. There was All-star Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but not much backup in the bench of Doc River’s side. In order to overcome this, the Clippers on Thursday afternoon signed free agent forward John Smith.
Head coach and general manager Doc Rivers made the second unit a priority this offseason. River’s hard work is evident in the Clippers’ roster for coming season.
Now the Clippers will be having a couple of nice reserve forwards to tune their bench. They are expected to bring back Ekpe Udoh, and finally they have landed John Smith to round things up.
Los Angeles bounced back to form one of best benches in the League. The introduction of Smith gives Clippers one of the most impressive trio of bench players in the league. Doc Rivers traded swing-man Lance Stephenson early off-season. But they still have Jamal Crawford to lead the offensives for the team. Paul Pierce signed a three-year contract to start as a small forward.