Backed by an owner committed to player health, Jasen Powell and his staff repeated their regular season success from 2014-15. The team once again finished in the top 10 for fewest total games lost to injury after failing to do so once in the previous nine seasons. Unfortunately this success is overshadowed by the postseason injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin that doomed the team’s chances at a title.
Griffin spent the offseason rehabbing after receiving a bone marrow aspirate injection in his partial torn left quadriceps and appeared in good health throughout the preseason. Paul’s broken hand healed nicely and the veteran point guard is ready to start the season, despite a mild thumb sprain.
Familiarity here is key as the Clippers core remains largely intact. Center DeAndre Jordan remains one of the most durable bigs in the game and will look to continue his rise after a successful summer with Team USA. Newly added veterans Raymond Felton, Brandon Bass, and Alan Anderson will need to establish trust with Powell and company to insure they avoid any chronic issues from popping up throughout the grind of the regular season. A herniated disc in rookie Brice Johnson’s back will cost the Clippers a handful of games to start the year.