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LA Clippers vs LA Lakers Prediction: Combined Starting 5 Featuring LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard

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Modified 06 Jan 2021
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Small Forward - Paul George (LA Clippers)

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers
Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

Paul George is considered one of the most elite players in the NBA for a good reason. He led one of his former teams, the Indiana Pacers, to the Conference Finals in 2013 as he went toe-to-toe against Lebron James and the Miami Heat. George who is also known as 'Playoff P' averaged 28 points, 8 rebounds to go along with 2.2 steals per game that season. 

George has the defensive ability to match his scoring talents, making him the perfect choice for the Small Forward position where he can dominate the perimeter with Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard by his side.

The LA Clippers gave Paul George a massive four-year contract this off-season signaling the franchises' belief in their core as it stands today.

Power Forward - Anthony Davis (LA Lakers)

Charlotte Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers
Charlotte Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers

At the power forward position, we have 'the brow' Anthony Davis. Fresh off his first NBA Championship with the LA Lakers, Davis has proved himself as a force to be reckoned with. His familiarity with Lebron James and the ability to stretch the floor with his long-distance shooting makes him the perfect addition to this list.

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Anthony, who was drafted number one in the 2012 draft, averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists last season with the LA Lakers.

While Anthony strengthens the LA Lakers front line defensively, he has also proven his mantle in crunch time as he made an epic buzzer-beater vs the Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals last season.

Center - Serge Ibaka (LA Clippers)

Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets - Game Four
Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets - Game Four

Serge Ibaka, the newest member of the LA Clippers, was integral to Toronto Raptors' first NBA title in 2019. Starting at the center position, he will once again get a chance to team up with former teammate Kawhi Leonard.

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Serge started as a defensive-minded player in his early days with the Thunder but has since developed an effective shooting game from the deep, making him a formidable adversary for anyone with him as their defensive assignment.

In addition to his 2019 NBA title, Ibaka has been selected to NBA All-Defensive Team three times and has led the league in most blocks made two times. The new LA Clippers' front line will benefit from Ibaka protecting the paint area with his defensive prowess.


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Published 21 Dec 2020, 19:04 IST
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