The Clippers offense will be strong again; however, the defense needs to improve.
The Clippers finished 18th in defensive efficiency, 14th in defensive rebound rate, 21st in opponents' true shooting percentage, 28th in opponents' three-point percentage and 17th in block rate, according to Hoopdata. Those numbers must improve if the Clippers expect to have home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Nevertheless, one way the Clippers defense can improve is by DeAndre Jordan turning into a solid defender. Jordan’s offensive game is virtually nonexistent, but the team desperately needs his shot blocking and rebounding in the middle.
Jordan only played 27.2 minutes per game last season mainly because his defense could not be counted on late in games, which forced Vinny Del Negro to play Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans.