LA Shadows:A clippers Diary 1994-????
Moving to LA in 1984, The Los Angeles Clippers play in the shadow of the prestigious and older LA powerhouse of The Lakers. The Clippers are among the bottom tier teams in The West and it will be a hard climb to the top. With LA being dominated by Purple and Gold, will Clippers be able to dominate?
1995 Draft Preview
The 1995 Mock Draft has us third behind the 76ers and The Timberwolves at 1. Hopefully we can land Garnett, but without him there is still other hope.
While overall Garnett is a rough package, he has amazing potential and surrounding him with a hungry, young backcourt to build around him would be the long goal of This draft year. It really depends on how the year is going and I'll look into getting some trades done to get some others in here.
Sabonis already has his skills maxed out for him and while he would be great for a Frontcourt nightmare in The West, he is still a 29 year old Center that is only going to decline from right now. If I can angle with the 1st pick, Garnett is the pick. I'll pass over Sabonis if needed.
Finley could be a franchise player on draft for us, but we are full at Guard. We have too many guards to count and Finley adds to a loaded position. Still, we could pick him up if he falls to us and trade him away for a pick or another young piece(Named Garnett) with a pick package.
Whole Roster/Roster writeup as of 1994 preseason
Currently we have too many Guards and too many players. Look for some moves to be made once we identify issues.
A bench player and a terrible on at that. His attributes speak for itself. Gonna be cut most likely.
Average bench Center, but has a purpose and can be useful for us down the line. Not likely more than the Bench man. Has a job with us.
Good potential, but has some concerning attributes, most likely trade fodder for us in the season to gain Garnett.
Same as Martin. Most likely going to be cut.
Decent overall, not the best but serves bench role and happy to give that to him.
A keeper at PF and someone we might need going forward if Garnett doesn't work out for us. Not top thrilled with his stats, but if he improves for us there is zero reason for complaints. Gonna see how he works as not a focal point of our offense as we will rely on our Guards hitting jumpers.
Defensive stopper off the bench, could be very useful in long playoff series, granted if we get there. Has a place on this team.
A good Small Forward with great potential, athleticism is in question, but we can work on it. Needs to be a beast on Offense for us to win games or even in the future. Hopefully his mediocre stats elsewhere is hidden by his Offense.
Hardly anything special here for the offense I would run and has to earn that spot on the team, will come off the bench for us compared to our other Guards. Playing with our second unit would help him make small bursts off the bench.
Someone to build off, young and has the ability to shape our offense. Could be a vital part of our team down the line. Should improve and we should be having ourselves a franchise type Shooting Guard if it all works out.
Bench player, but with his skills on the offensive side of the ball, will most likely end up cut from the roster before the season starts.
Terry has real potential as a backup and unfortunately we are so loaded at Guard, he may have to leave. It depends on how our first season turns out and the stats of certain guards, but Terry might be trade fodder.
A bench player at most with potential for more, but most likely a bench player who we will use for his steals and quickness.
We don't got the best of Pooh, but still great handles and can pass, so the offense can be run off him for sure, just not a primary scorer.
Bench Player, most likely getting cut.
Great to see a diary for this game, I'll be following. Good luck with the draft!
Depth Chart/Gameplan for 1994 preseason
As of right now, this is the depth chart we will be playing with. Lots of rotation and trying to share the ball between our many guards who hopefully put up some stats against lesser bench teams. The importance of this is trying to find some trades to angle and quickly with the sorry play of certain individuals if it comes to that.
Our current gameplan relies on the three ball and moving the ball as quick as possible as we rely on Murray and Piatkowski to hit the ball and get us rolling into the season. I don't expect much but without more moves, this is the gameplan for us the upcoming season.
1994 Preseason Results
Preseason Game 1
Dallas Mavericks 105 Vs. LA Clippers 108
We beat the Mavericks in a surprising win. Murray scored but was sloppy from Three and maybe we should tone down the three shots by bit. Happy with the guard play off the bench and it seemed to work as our guards played quite well and even with limited minutes we did good. Lots to be proud here. Sealy ends up with a concussion and is listed as Day To Day.
Preseason Game 2:
Cleveland Cavaliers 100 LA Clippers 92
We drop a game to The Cavs as we just don't put in the time nor effort to do much of anything. We did a lot better from three, but made turnovers and couldn't put the ball into the net as well as the Cavs were, plus funky rotations here and there.
Preseason Game 3:
Orlando Magic 120 LA Clippers 101
A terrible game from long range from us, we are highly inconsistent from the arc and Shaq and company torched us for an easy win. Quite disappointed in the team right now and the rotation funkiness needs to be sorted out. I get we are a lottery team, but our stats were just awful. We are not this bad. Eric Riley is also day 2 day with a brusied jaw as soon as Sealy comes back. Phoenix offered us a trade for Piatkowski in exchange we get Perry, I will consider it as I would like to get better at Guard down the line, but I don't know if Perry is the answer to that.
Preseason Game 4:
Milwaukee Bucks 107 Vs LA Clippers 78
Embarrassed to say I run this team right now. We got torched again and man does that score look ugly.
We missed all four shots, nothing else to say about this except we suck at getting that ball into the net. God we need some help for this upcoming season. San Antonio wanted Gary Grant and offered Willie Anderson. Rejected it outright as we don't need another Shooting Guard on this team.
Preseason Game 5
Minnesota Timberwolves 115 LA Clippers 126
We beat our biggest rival in the hunt for Garnett so it doesn't mean much, but still good performances all around and some real improvements from the team. Murray took over and we need him to do that for the rest of the season, become the mini average LBJ that we need to maybe win and lose some games on time for the draft. KG we will get you.
Preseason Game 6
Chicago Bulls 120 LA Clippers 119
We almost beat a title contender in the Bulls here, forced MJ to put up 50(No idea why he was playing this game like it is the regular season, but sure). I'll take this result seeing as how we expect Mike and Scottie to make a run at the NBA title down the line, I'll be here posing in secret for the Draft Lottery and watching the Playoffs. This ends the preseason, lets get into the transactions.
1994-95 Division Champs predictions
The game has made their predictions for the season.
Orlando Magic are winning the Alantic Divison according to the game
The Chicago Bulls are expected to take The Central Division crown
The Mavericks are favorites for The Midwest division.
The LA Lakers are favorites for the pacific division
C Bob martin
C Matt Fish
PF Michael Smith
Milwaukee Bucks Get:
SG Malik Sealy
LA Clippers Get:
PG Eric Murdock
Sacremento Kings Get:
PG Pooh Rihardson
1997 2nd Round Pick
LA Clippers Get:
C Olden Polynice
Two semi big trades for us here. We ship away a SG to a Eastern conference contender who are stacked at Guard as of now in exchange we get a good Point Guard in Murdock who I can base a offense off. I wanted a Point Guard to do some things with a possible Center and Hopefully Garnett down the line. Our second trade sends a average Point Guard in Pooh sent sent to The Kings and a second rounder down the line for a 29 year old Center in Olden who will tear down on the boards. Really excited for these two and Glad to be done with so many guards and loose ends.
Depth Chart/Gameplan for 1994 Regular Season
Nothing too major here, just showing a few updates and tweaks to what we will do.
All star Break Results
As we get to the All-star break, The LA Clippers are actually doing better than anyone thought. We are not a bottom tier team as our trades before the season have paid off. Pooh has managed to my expectations as he averages 10 points a game with The Kings while playing 30 minutes a game. The Bucks are underperforming as Sealy gives them 5 points on 14 minutes of playtime. Our home record is superb and this season hasn't gone too terribly for us. I guess we won't need Garnett because we could become a playoff contender this season and going forward with the right Offseason.
The Leaders of Each Division are as follows:
Atlantic- Orlando Magic lead here as expected and this wasn't unexpected of them this season
Central- Chicago Leads this easily without question, Jordan and Pippen are looking to dominate.
Midwest- One of the best division races going right now and Dallas doesn't lead as San Antonio takes control.
Pacific: Seattle dominates as The Lakers and Golden State try to catch up.
NBA End of season standings/Playoffs
End of Season Review: We finish the year at 33-49 with a good home record to boot. We are clearly far away from Garnett and will not get him unless we trade up which requires a pick and a good piece, its something to think about, but I'm unsure.
Atlantic- Orlando Magic(Orlando Magic)
Central- Chicago Bulls(Chicago Bulls)
Midwest- San Antonio Spurs(Dallas Mavericks)
Pacific- Seattle Supersonics(Los Angeles Lakers)
San Antonio win
New York win
Then Next round
Orlando Magic become Finals champs
1994-1995 NBA finals Results
Magic become the NBA Champs, Spurs get upset and Jordan misses out on the finals. Shaq and Penny do what they could never do in real life which is win a ring while both are in their primes.
Draft Lottery for 1995 Draft
Gonna have to trade up to get Garnett less we lose out completely.
Yup, 9th pick overall which sucks but what else can you do.(Unless we trade up)
Grizzles Join The Leauge
Raptors join the league as well
Trade Before the draft
With Milwaukee having the 1st overall pick in the draft, we send them a strong package for the rights to KG.
Milwaukee Bucks Receive:
9th Overall Pick in the 1995 NBA Draft
1995/1996 2nd round picks
LA Clippers Receive:
1st overall Pick in the 1995 Draft
A big trade, but one that is worth it for us. We lose two unhappy guards who rotated in and out for us. I believe in KG to lead us to the promise land and two unhappy role players are good enough for me to allow that. We have a young and promising core and hopefully Murdock resigns with us in FA. Plus if we drafted from where we are, we would have gotten a decent Power Forward but not KG level
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