Sunday, November 22, 2020

Analyzing the Clippers' Signing of Serge Ibaka

After uncertainty in the NBA world regarding which team notable free agent Serge Ibaka would sign with, the Clippers ended up securing him on a two year deal (with the 2nd year being a player option) worth $19 million. This is a great pickup for the Clippers as they headed into the offseason looking for a good big man and ended up getting the best realistic option in free agency that they could've got.

Ibaka is a player that can do it all on both sides of the court. Last season with Toronto, he averaged a career high 15.4 PPG along with 8.2 RPG and shot almost 39% from three. While his shot blocking has declined a bit over the years, he is still known as a good defender. The 7 footer (yes, he's 7 feet tall and can shoot) gives the Clippers that height that they desperately needed last year when the playoffs came around. With the loss of both Montrezl Harrell (Lakers) and JaMychal Green (Nuggets), Ibaka will likely fill role of Harrell at the backup Center spot. As far as replacing Green, the Clippers re-signed Marcus Morris who will likely play even more at PF to fill in for Green or could even sign his brother Markieff or acquire another big man to replace Green which was a big loss for the Clippers.

Ibaka was also rumored to go to the Brooklyn Nets and was offered a 1 year, $12 million deal to return to Toronto but turned that down. It would make sense if it were said that Kawhi Leonard had an influence on Ibaka to come to the Clippers as they had won a championship on the Raptors in 2019. Also, Ibaka looks to be a better option than Harrell for the Clippers. In the playoffs just months ago, the Clippers lacked size and had defensive troubles when Ivica Zubac came off of the court and Harrell was the main reason for that being an undersized center. Ibaka gives the Clippers that upgrade at backup center as he is just as tall as Zubac, can shoot outside, rebound well, and gives the opportunity for the Clippers to insert a big lineup if they ever wanted to play him at PF and Zubac at C or even not have to worry about sizing matchups if Zubac were to get in foul trouble or injured. As we are down to exactly 1 month before the season kicks off, we may see the Clippers make a move or two to complete their team but just know, they filled their main concern at the center position with the acquisition of Serge Ibaka.

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