Headed into the 2023-24 season, there were high hopes for the LA Clippers. Returning basically the same group from last year but with improved health for star players meant that analysts were right to put the Clippers among the highest tier of contenders.
After all, having a healthy Kawhi Leonard on your roster always means you have some semblance of a chance at winning a championship. But everything changed when LA shook up the roster and traded for James Harden.
Since then, it has been one recurring problem after another as the Clippers grapple with figuring out who they are and how to maximize their talent. An 0-5 record with Harden on the roster was hard to envision, but it encapsulates the struggles LA has been dealing with.
But one statistic is even more indicative of how bad things currently are for the Clippers. As of right now, the Clippers' six-game losing streak stands as the longest losing streak at any point in Kawhi Leonard's career.
Kawhi Leonard is currently on the longest losing streak of his career
Now, bear in mind Kawhi has been on some talented and experienced teams throughout the course of his NBA career. Playing with the likes of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pascal Siakam, Paul George and others will tend to produce winning basketball.
But it is still surprising that in twelve full seasons of professional basketball, he had never lost more than four consecutive games until now. The fact that the Clippers have been bad enough to break this longstanding record should be more than a little concerning.
To this point, Kawhi has also probably never been surrounded with such a high level of individual talent. The Clippers certainly have a task ahead of them in figuring out how to make their four star players mesh.