For the Los Angeles Clippers, they’ve struck gold with a combination of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. A huge problem for them, however, would be their lack of depth at position. For example, Ronny Turiaf, a good shot-blocker, is in their second line. I say that he’s good because that’s pretty much all he can do. Sometimes, however, he tries to hard and it backfires on him. He gest blocked on one end, and is dunked on on the other end trying to block a shot.
Blake Griffin may not be injury-prone, but he’s one of those players that you need to have insurance for. The Clippers early playoff exit this year was thanks to the Grizzlies, who were taking advantage of the power forward spot with Zach Randolph. If the Clippers had a decent backup coming off the bench, however, they wouldn’t have that problem. Again, they lack depth at each position. Their starting lineup is good, but they need depth.
When thinking of perfect backups, one name that comes to mind is Brandon Wright of the Dallas Mavericks. He may not be a huge contributor, but he does just enough to get the job done. He can also play a little bit of the center spot as well. For the Clippers, they’re going to need that. A power forward that can work with DeAndre Jordan? That’s the dream! Wright’s role with the Mavericks isn’t enough to get him re-signed, but as we’ve seen this season, he’s got plenty of potential and young talent. His skill set would be a good mix and blend for the Clippers.
Another name that comes to mind is Carl Landry from the Golden State Warriors. Sure, he’s got that player option, but there’s always a chance that he’s not going to take it. If the Clippers can do it, they should pursue him. Good enough to be a starter, Landry has taken the minutes-hit and is still producing adequately. Averaging around 11 pointer per game and 6 rebounds, he has really helped the Warriors this season.