Watching the Los Angeles Clippers this season, it is fairly obvious what areas need upgrading.
First, the team needs to find a starting shooting guard. Jamal Crawford proved he is far more lethal off the bench with the ball in his hands than playing with the starters. Willie Green filled in admirably while Chauncey Billups was out, but he definitely is not the long-term answer.
The Los Angeles Clippers should target California’s Allan Crabbe with their first-round pick. He might not be able to start from opening night, but his length and shooting would be a great fit at shooting guard next to Chris Paul.
Next, small forward is a must-fix. The Clippers might look to bring back Matt Barnes, but after playing with a minimum contract, Barnes is due a raise. How much he will demand could impact his return to L.A. The Clippers need to target a long, athletic and defensive swingman.
Finally, the team desperately needs a stretch forward and a defensive center. Chris Paul is at his best when he can operate in pick-and-pop situations. This opens the paint for Paul’s drives and would also mean more single coverage for Blake Griffin.
For as much as DeAndre Jordan improved this season, he was still unreliable on defense late in games and his offense was disastrous. The Clippers need a defensive anchor, even if he comes off the bench. Jordan was expected to be that guy, but it is painfully clear he just is not ready to assume that role yet.