The LA Clippers were told throughout the offseason and season last year that they would be second fiddle to the Los Angeles Lakers again, and boy did that not come close to being true.
Clips was a fourth seed and a Western Conference Finals team. The Lakers barely squeezed into the playoffs and were then jumped right away.
The Clippers will be the better team than the Lakers again this year, and that is mainly for three reasons.
Nr. 3 reasons why the LA Clippers are getting better than the LA Lakers again: They are getting healthier
The LA Clippers were already better than the Los Angeles Lakers last year, even without Serge Ibaka and Kawhi Leonard.
They went almost the entire post-season without Ibaka, and missed Kawhi ever since the semifinals of Western conferences were a draw for two matches each.
The Lakers complained that they had all these injury problems as the only thing they were missing was Anthony Davis, who is a significantly worse player than we were missing in Kawhi.
The Clippers are likely to get Kawhi back this season, and will likely have him at 100% when the playoffs come.
They are also likely to get Ibaka back sooner rather than later this season, and could even have him before the season starts.
The Lakers’ list looks a little better on paper, but it certainly does not when it starts counting.