It’s a running debate at this point as far as which team will be better.
Former NBA star Scottie Pippen feels like the Clippers have the edge, and in an article in Slam he explained why.
“I think LeBron will be competitive,” said Pippen. “Having Anthony Davis out there is going to give him a bit of an edge. I think they’re going to be a lot more in terms of when they face the Clippers because they have too many guys they can throw at LeBron. They already have thrown [Patrick] Beverley at him, so now you got Kawhi to throw at him [and] Paul George to throw at him. Anthony Davis is going to be a tough matchup night in and night out, but he’s only one player. LeBron James is not going to be a tough matchup. He’s going into his 17th year in the League. You’re talking about Kawhi who’s still in his 20s [and] Paul George is probably still in his 20s. It’s a changing of the guard and they’re probably going to have the pass the torch over and let the Clippers be the best team in Los Angeles.”
Pippen has a history of being somewhat critical of James. This past season on ESPN’s “First Take,” he said that the Lakers superstar doesn’t possess the “clutch gene” the way that Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant did.
He also admonished James for calling himself the “greatest of all time,” and on another occasion, Pippen said on ESPN’s “The Jump” that “there’s no game that I would ever play in and pick LeBron James over Michael Jordan.”
The Clippers do have perhaps the best collection of perimeter defenders in the NBA right now, but James – especially a James who seems motivated to make amends for last season’s disastrous outcome – is a handful for any team to deal with. And that’s even for a Clippers team that former Laker Channing Frye recently said would be “the best defensive team ever.”