2018-19 Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

Tobias Harris and the Clippers are looking to rise after some offseason roster changes.

Coach: Doc Rivers (entering his 20th season, his sixth with the Clippers, 259-151, .632; 846-624, .576 overall).

Last Season: 42-40, did not make playoffs.

Key Returnees: Lou Williams, Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Patrick Beverley, Boban Marjanovic, Milos Teodosic, Montrezl Harrell, Tyrone Wallace, Wesley Johnson.

Key Additions: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (rookie, Kentucky), Jerome Robinson (rookie, Boston College), Marcin Gortat (Washington), Luc Mbah a Moute (Houston), Mike Scott (Washington).

Key Losses: DeAndre Jordan (Dallas), Austin Rivers (Washington).

Outlook: Lob City officially became a thing of the past when the final remaining member — DeAndre Jordan — signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks in free agency, which followed Chris Paul (Houston) and Blake Griffin (Detroit) hitting the bricks out of Los Angeles. That means the Clippers are searching for a new face-of-the-franchise type of player (FOTFP) as they rebuild. Top draft choice Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out of Kentucky is in intriguing point-guard prospect at 6-foot-6. However, he didn’t even start at Kentucky last season until midway through the year, so there are bound to be more than a few growing pains, though he did earn Most Valuable Player recognition for the SEC Tournament. Jerome Robinson was a point producer during his days at Boston College, though it remains to be seen how his game translates at the NBA level. Patrick Beverley returns after playing only 11 games last season because of injury as does Milos Teodosic. Also among the returnees are Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, big man Boban Marjanovic, the re-signed Montrezl Harrell, Tyrone Wallace and Wesley Johnson. The Clips also brought back Luc Mbah a Moute on a free-agent deal and acquired center Marcin Gortat and swingman Mike Scott in the deal that sent Austin Rivers, Doc’s son, to the Wizards. In other words, not much to see here, and with LeBron James with the Lakers, no one will be watching the Clips, anyway — so their search for their new FOTFP can quietly continue, perhaps taking a turn for the better next summer when much more salary-cap space is available.