Ranking the 5 worst Clippers starters of the PG, Kawhi era

Serge Ibaka, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Eric Bledsoe, LA Clippers
Eric Bledsoe, LA Clippers – Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Eric Bledsoe

The LA Clippers receiving Eric Bledsoe for Patrick Beverley was a move that will go down in team history. This is because of Beverley’s impact on the culture of the ‘new era’ Clippers. As a result of this trade, many fans were upset despite receiving a seasoned point guard like Bledsoe.

Furthermore, there were better options on the market than Bledsoe, but he had what it took to get the job done. He was still an exceptional defender and an above-average playmaker on the offensive end. Additionally, he was a well-respected veteran who played a crucial role in developing guys like Terance Mann. These three attributes alone brought him minutes on the court.

On the flip side, Bledsoe was a liability when it came to shooting the three-ball. This made it easy for opponents on defense as they did not have to fully contest his three-point attempts. Not to mention he was undersized, which limited how effective he could be on both ends of the court.

Moreover, the coaching staff was put in a problematic position as Bledsoe could only be put to full use in a small-ball lineup. Though this strategy may have concealed his inability to shoot three-pointers, the undersized center was disadvantaged when rebounding and blocking shots on defense.

Due to Bledsoe’s weaknesses, he was traded in a major deal to the Portland Trail Blazers. In return, the Clippers received two elite role players, Norman Powell and Robert Covington. This trade was widely regarded as a significant win for LA’s front office.

All in all, Bledose’s inefficiency places him at the number two spot on this list. While he was a great veteran on and off the court, he had a minimal impact on the LA Clippers and their championship aspirations.