The LA Clippers are ready to be very deep next season. With the re-signing of Robert Covington, they will have a multitude of wings to choose from – one of the deepest wing lists in the NBA. But what does re-signing with Covington mean?
Covington’s return gives the Clippers a bit more flexibility in their small ball lineups. They can use it in the top five to spread the floor, as they did during the NBA play-in tournament. It won’t necessarily make a backup center like Isaiah Hartenstein expendable, as they played together throughout the regular season, but it allows for more versatile lineups for small balls.
One person he can make expendable though is Marcus Morris. Covington may not be as great a scorer as Morris, but he’s a much better bumper and defender, and maybe he could take his minutes. It has already been rumored that Marcus Morris will be bought this season, which Morris himself liked on Twitter. The re-signing with Covington raises the biggest question mark for Marcus Morris.
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If there’s one thing the Clippers have shown they need more than last season, it’s a better jump. That’s one thing Covington can do very well, and that’s waste on jumping glass. The team could still decide to become a little more athletic, but it’s also hard to say what their ceiling is when they’re missing the top two small ball bumpers, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Simply put, Robert Covington’s re-signing with the LA Clippers is a very good thing for the team.
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