The basketball world in Los Angeles is at its peak, with the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers among the top eight teams in the Western Conference next season. The Clippers and The Lakers have been in fierce competition, both in terms of team record and commercial market, since 1984, and the competition has reached boiling point in the 2020-21 season. In the last 20 years, the Lakers have won six championships and dominated. The Clippers should have made it to the Western Conference finals last season to beat the Lakers, but they were beaten 3-1 by Denver and are still reeling from the nightmare. With both teams having good signings this offseason, which team has the upper hand on paper so far?
American media “FW” from the superstar, bench, starting lineup, bench, coach four aspects of comparison. In the end, the Lakers won in all four categories. Old ghost and everybody chats together, the fan that has a different opinion can leave a message, private letter. For both teams, little has changed in terms of stardom, with the Lakers yesterday agreeing to a two-year, $85 million extension for Lebron James and Luka signing a five-year, $190 million Max contract. Jamey is one of the toughest teams in the league, averaging 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and a career-high 10.3 assists last season and dominating the playoffs. Davis, who will turn 28 next season, is averaging 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. He’s as important as Jayne in the playoffs.
As for the Clippers, Leonard and George didn’t have the right chemistry as a team, playing 18 games together as the NBA season runs through January 2020. After the rematch, George’s play is more miserable to see, and the Nuggets in the tiebreak, the two shooting low terrible, neither got points. Still, Leonard and George were superstars. Having a long offseason might be the best thing for them, but their ability to play together next season could determine the clippers’ upper limit.
Starting lineup (Lakers win)
If James were at point guard and shaggy-eyed at power forward, they would be the best players at the position. Jayne isn’t a natural guard, but last year he led the league in assists and averaged nearly three doubles a game. If James plays that role for the Lakers for the rest of the season, fans are likely to see him play Russell Westbrook’s numbers. In addition, the Lakers have a clear advantage over the power forward, with Center Marc Gasol outplaying Center Joba Zuba. The Clippers have the advantage on SG and SF. Beverley can defend, his offense is a mess, his organization is average, and he has more turnovers. Morris, who averaged 19.6 points per game for the Knicks, is now averaging 10.1 points per game and shooting 31 percent from 43.9 percent from the 3-point range. Overall, the Lakers’ starting lineup is stronger than the Clippers’.
Bench (Lakers win)
Lakers reserves: Schroder, Harrell, Caruso, Simpson, Tucker, Big Maurice, Kuzma, Costas, Caruso, Alvaro, Dudley; Clippers bench: Reggie Jackson, Kay Bowman, Jordan Ford, Lou Wei, Kennard, Trane Mann, Jay Skrub, Batum, Rejon Tucker, Patterson, Daniel Otolu, Mfiondo Kabungler, Ibaka. It’s not hard to see that the Lakers have two sixth man of the year reserves in Harrell and Schroeder, who averaged more than 18 points last season and Harrell averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds. Big Maurice is a defender and a very good 3-point shooter, plus Kuzma and Caruso. The Clippers have backup Lou Wei and Ibaka slightly stronger, but the other players are not too strong. Last season, the Clippers had a bench that was the envy of the league and could have won a title by beating the Lakers in the Western Conference finals, but their locker room problems led them to a 3-1 lead by the Nuggets. The offseason, Harrell joined the Lakers, Samet also left, their bench depth has dropped a lot, and the Lakers bench strength.
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