The Big 3 has now been completely dismantled in LA. Chris Paul was the first to go, which created a healthy collection of talent that makes up a bulk of the role players on this roster. Midway through the season last year, Blake Griffin was trade for the main pieces in Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris. DeAndre Jordan made his departure in free agency this year and the team was only afforded the increase in cap room from this loss. This leaves a large roster of second-hand talents. Most of the guys on this team took a back seat to a superstar at some point in their career, which does not deter from the grit of this squad. Two flier additions include the late-season come on of Danilo Gallinari and the free agent signing of Marcin Gortat. Despite rarely being featured on a winning team, Gallinari is a lifetime 18.0 PPG player. Gortat may not wow you with speed or flashy play, but he is well-rounded is capable of claiming a double-double each night. The young support comes at the point guard and power forward positions, easily marked as the better areas for this team. The defensive prospect of their small forward position also creates a depth that cannot be rivaled in terms of defensive performances.
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A: The team has a few players that are coming off long-term injury, affording them an extra bench spot. The roster currently sits at 18 players, a couple will have to be left off the professional squad. They are thick at the point guard and shooting guard positions, but it is doubtful they would leave a high draft pick off the roster. Tyrone Wallace and Jawun Evans are two players that got run last year, but it might not work out for them this season. Bad for the players, good for the organization in keeping their best depth aboard.
A: Milos Teodosic got extended run last season because Beverly was recovering from injury. Beverly joined the team late last season, but his conditioning kept the team from forcing him into his desired roll. Teodosic showed flashes of brilliance and proved that his time overseas could pay dividends within this league. The translation is still developing, but don't be surprised if the team takes a different direction once his performance starts to emulate the tangibles that Beverly possesses.
A: Lou Williams is the richest bench player of all-time. A deep extension kept him happy and brightened his future within this organization. The team is still placing feelers in different places with all the trades and signings, but they can always count on Williams to produce from the bench or a starter's role. He is the team's Swiss Army knife and he might climb back to the ranks of All-Star talent in 2018-19.