2. Los Angeles Clippers
The 2021-22 season could be a difficult one for the Los Angeles Clippers. They re-signed Kawhi Leonard in free agency, keeping their All-Star duo intact, but Leonard’s timetable to return to the court is unknown.
Leonard injured his knee in the team’s second-round matchup against the Utah Jazz. He underwent surgery to repair his partially torn ACL in July and is looking unlikely to help the Clippers much this offseason.
Replacing Leonard will be impossible, as he is arguably the best two-way player in the NBA. However, the rest of the roster showed they can still be competitive without him, winning the next two games against the Jazz to win the series and taking the Phoenix Suns to six games in the Western Conference finals.
Collin Sexton would help them overcome the loss of Leonard on offense and give them a new look at the point guard position. Reggie Jackson was re-signed, but the Clippers could use a long-term solution at the point guard spot and Sexton would provide that.
He would give the team a legitimate third-scoring option behind Leonard and Paul George. The offense could be run through him for stretches as well, taking a lot of pressure off of the All-Star duo, who do a lot of the heavy lifting for the Clippers on offense.