The Los Angeles Clippers just pulled off one of the craziest sequences in the 2019 offseason as they just recently signed Kawhi Leonard. What’s even crazier is that moments after this, the team also acquired Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder via trade.
The Lakers also had a good offseason as they acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans.
In 2019 this has all turned around and now the Clippers look like a legitimate championship contender maybe even more of a contender than the Lakers.
So what team now reigns as the best team in Los Angeles?
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have just turned their luck around in the 2019 offseason. The team was coming off a playoff appearance as the 8th seed. The team recently made two impactful moves. First, they signed Kawhi, the reigning Finals MVP.
We were not all too shocked as the Clippers was one of Leonard’s possible destinations, but what really shocked the world was them trading to acquire PG to pair up with Leonard.
This is coming off of George having one of his best seasons and was a top three candidate for the MVP award.
The Clippers still have important pieces from last year team in Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley surrounding the two all-stars
One problem is that the Clippers did give up a lot for George as they traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari as well as a plethora of 1st round picks.
George and Leonard should gel well playing together as both players are some of the best two-way players in the alongside playing with Beverly the defensive trio of Leonard, George and Beverley are pretty good.
Los Angeles Lakers
Let us not forget about the Los Angeles Lakers like they are an afterthought. Last summer they signed LeBron James and this offseason they traded for Anthony Davis to team with James.
The team should still be a threat in the Western Conference with James and Davis. The only problem is that the Lakers really don’t have a lot of surrounding pieces. The current Lakers roster consist of LeBron , AD, Kyle Kuzma, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Jared Dudley, Danny Green, JaVale McGee, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Troy Daniels and Talen Horton-Tucker.
Now the Lakers will sign other free agents but now most of the top free agents are gone and they were trying to use their cap space on Kawhi Leonard.
Right now on paper, the Clippers are the best team in Los Angeles. They have a far better roster, having one of the best starting five and benches in the league. The Clippers are also better defensively as well as most of the players on the roster are either just entering their prime or are in the middle of their prime right now.
They also look like immediate favorites to win the championship next season. This is really the first time since both teams have played at the Staples Center in which the Clippers are the best team in LA. The Clippers are no longer the laughing stock of not just the NBA but no longer laughing stocks in the city of LA.