Los Angeles Clippers 2021–22 NBA Roster. Can Ty Lue’s Men Stay in Contention for the Title Without Kawhi Leonard?

Published 08/12/2021, 2:48 AM EDT
Jun 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Torrey Craig (12) moves to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) during the second half in game three of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers see themselves in quite some trouble this season. Their main star, Kawhi Leonard, is most likely to miss a majority of the season because of an ACL injury. Leonard has been out since the Jazz series and might return during the late playoffs of the coming season.

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However, the Clippers did extremely well without their superstar. Paul George redeemed himself from the last playoffs and proved why he is still an elite two-way player in the league. In addition, the Los Angeles Clippers found many unexpected heroes through the playoffs as well.

Jun 22, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) celebrates with Paul George (13) and Terance Mann (14) against the Phoenix Suns in the second half during game two of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

So, let’s look at the LA Clippers roster for the 2021-22 season.

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Incoming players

  • Kawhi Leonard (re-sign)

This was the biggest relief for Clippers fans as the ‘Klaw’ decided to re-sign with the Clippers. There was a lot of speculation about his future because of the issues between medical teams. However, they can now breathe easy. Leonard was on fire in the playoffs, averaging 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals before going down.

Jun 14, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) blocks a shot against Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the second half in game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
  • Reggie Jackson (extension)

Reggie Jackson emerged as a great find for the Clippers in the playoffs. He had multiple 20 point games that helped them reach their first-ever conference finals in franchise history. If Jackson continues that run throughout the next season, the Clippers will be a major threat on Kawhi’s return.

  • Nicolas Batum (extension)

Olympic silver medalist, Nicolas Batum, returns to LA as well. They have acquired his services for another 2 years. He is a great defensive player for them and also has a good shooting touch. He even had a game-winning block against Slovenia in the Olympics that took France to the finals.

  • Brandon Boston Jr.
  • Keon Johnson

Outgoing players

  • Quentin Grimes

The Clippers traded away their draft rookie to the New York Knicks. They sent Grimes along with their 2024 2nd round pick to the Knicks in exchange for Keon Johnson.

Apart from this, the Clippers did not make a lot of moves. Their primary focus lied in retaining their star players as opposed to adding new faces. They have surely found a winning formula with the team assembled.

Jun 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) shoots against LA Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) in the first quarter during game one in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers 2021-22 NBA roster

Frontcourt

  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Marcus Morris SR.
  • Nicolas Batum
  • Patrick Patterson
  • Serge Ibaka
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Ivica Zubac
  • Daniel Oturu
Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts during the second half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Backcourt

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  • Paul George 
  • Patrick Beverley
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Terrance Mann
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Luke Kennard
  • Keon Johnson
  • Jay Scrubb
  • Jason Preston
  • Yogi Ferrell
Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) moves the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the first half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers will look to ensure their spot in the playoffs for the 2021-22 NBA season, because, if Kawhi does return during the playoffs, they will have a splendid chance at competing and making a deep run once again.

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Do you guys think the LA Clippers will win a championship with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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