What Does the LA Clippers Starting Lineup Look Like For the 2021-22 Season?

Published 08/10/2021, 8:58 AM EDT
Mar 14, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) and forward Kawhi Leonard (2) react to a play from the bench against New Orleans Pelicans during the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports


Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers finished the last season within the top-4. Their aspirations go far beyond a 4th place finish on the standings. The side has the firepower to dominate proceedings and finish the regular season and playoffs on top. However, they have barely broken a sweat this off-season, being one of the most inactive sides. This year, how will the Clippers lineup? Can the LA side that has been in the shadows of the Lakers finally rise to the occasion?

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Players Brought In

  • Justise Winslow

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Winslow plays as a power-forward and is one of the big names added to the Clippers this off-season. At just 25 years of age, Winslow has huge potential to elevate himself to the next level. He previously played for the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies. This year, he will join forces with the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George at Los Angeles. The former NCAA Championship winner will benefit from the signing, and will be a great asset.

  • Jason Preston
  • Keon Johnson
  • Brandon Boston

Players Sent Out

  • DeMarcus Cousins
Jun 8, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and LA Clippers center DeMarcus Cousins (15) battle in the second quarter during game one in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Although not 100% confirmed, Cousins has entered free agency this season. He is likely to be traded by the Clippers, and few franchises have shown interest in the veteran. The 30-year-old did not have the best of seasons, so don’t count on him to continue. Some of the sides linked with the center are the 76ers as well as the Lakers.

  • Patrick Patterson

Another player, another free agent. Patterson’s exit also isn’t assured, but all signs point towards it. He is reportedly on the list of players to be sent out, and failed to make an impact in the eyes of the team staff. At 32 years of age, he is gradually fading away, and might have to find a new setup.

LA Clippers Starting Five for 2021-22 Season

Jun 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates after a three-point basket against the Utah Jazz in the second quarter during game three in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

• Reggie Jackson (G)

• Paul George (G)

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• Ivica Zubac (C)

• Kawhi Leonard (F)

• Marcus Morris (F)

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Perhaps the Clippers should’ve gone for more when the market was buzzing. Do you think this quiet approach will come back and haunt Leonard and co? Or will the faith shown in the current squad be repaid? Regardless, the Clippers nation will hope that whoever features for their side carries them all the way!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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