The Clippers roster has received a major face-lift in the last few months. Chris Paul, Mo Williams, Caron Butler and Chauncey Billups joined the team in the offseason. Reggie Evans, Kenyon Martin, Bobby Simmons and most recently Nick Young have since been added on the fly.
That equals seven members currently in the rotation that were not with the team last year. It’s been out with the old, in with the new, and for the Clippers, that’s a good thing.
With the shortened schedule, however, there hasn’t been much time for all the new talent to gel. Players are still learning each other’s tendencies on both sides of the floor. Chris Paul, for example, is now challenged with incorporating newly-acquired Nick Young into the offense.
The addition of Nick Young adds another scoring threat to the team but it will also cause a ripple effect down the roster. Randy Foye will now lose minutes. Mo Williams might lose a few too. Roles are in flux, just as they have been the whole year.
It’s time to find some stability in the rotation as soon as possible to close out the regular season (are you listening, coach?). Come up with a plan. Figure out which players you want in the game and when you want them in, and then stick to it.