In the blockbuster deal that sent Chris Paul to Houston, the Clippers recieved seven players, a protected first-round pick, and $661,000. Meet the seven new Clippers:
In his sixth NBA season (he spent three seasons overseas), Beverley looks to improve on a career year. As he mostly played shooting guard last season for the Rockets, he will, presumably, play his native position, PG, for the Clippers. Beverley was named to first-team All-NBA defense, averaged 10 points a night, and will be the Clippers emotional sparkplug.
After being dealt to the Rockets from the Lakers, the former sixth man of the year returns to Los Angeles. In his time with the Lakers and Rockets this past season, he averaged about 17 points per game, and found himself as a finalist, yet again, for the sixth man of the year award. Lou Williams brings added depth to the Clippers bench as well as more perimeter defense and scoring.
Entering his third year in the NBA, Dekker has proven to fit into the new style of the NBA big man. His ability to stretch the floor with his deep shooting range as well as put the ball on the floor adds another dynamic to the high-flying Clippers. In his limited mintues with the Rockets, Dekker scored over 15 points twice, 30 against the Grizzlies, shot 47% from the field, and 32% from three.
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The power forward from Louisville is a force to be reckoned with in the paint. Harrell is a powerful big man that will give the Clippers quality minutes, take advantage of his scoring opportunities, and rebound the basketball on both ends of the floor.
Yet to make a big splash in the NBA, the third year man fro Villanova will be a mature presence in the Clippers locker room. Hilliard played four years, and started for three, at Villanova and has the ability to shoot the three ball.
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In his sixth year in the NBA, Liggins has found himself as a journeyman, playing both overseas and in the D-League. His minutes in the NBA, although limited, have been productive. Most recently, in his 12 minutes with the Cavs, he averaged three points per game, two rebounds, an assist, and a block.
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In his college career with Kentucky and Gonzaga, Wiltjer was a NCAA Champion and All-American, respectively. Standing at 6'10, he can shoot with range, which will allow for the Clippers depth and dynamicism in their pick-and-roll offense.