NBA: With James Harden, are the Clippers favorites for the title?

Passionately passionate about basketball, he left to live in San Antonio to follow Victor Wembanyama’s Spurs after a diploma at the IEJ, his gaze constantly fixed on the NBA, both on the field and on the statistics and contracts.

James Harden joins Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Russell Westbrook. With this transfer, the Los Angeles Clippers bring together an impressive group of former All-Stars within their squad. But do they have what it takes to be considered the favorite for the NBA title?

James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George et Russell Westbrook between them they have a total of 32 All-Star Game selections, two MVP titles and as many Defenders of the Year. THE Los Angeles Clippers brought together, thanks to Harden transfer from Sixers, one of the most awarded squads in NBA history. However, that might not be enough to make them favorites for the title.

Finally a leader in Los Angeles

Since the arrival of Kawhi Leonard et Paul George has The Angels in 2019, the Clippers have always suffered from the absence of a reliable leader. Despite numerous changes to this position, Patrick Beverley has Russell WestbrookPassing by Reggie Jackson et John Wallnone have ever really been up to par. James Harden, who finished last season as the NBA’s leading passer with 10.7 assists per game, might finally be the solution to that problem. The bearded man remains an exceptional manager and should provide valuable assistance to the team in creating the game.

The arrival of another star also strengthens the stability of the group. In the absence of the team’s leaders, the former MVP will be able to take charge to ensure a solid place in the playoffs for The Angels, his hometown. In addition, the squad already benefited from significant depth on the wing, and the loss of players sent (Marcus Morris, Robert Covington, Nicolas Batum et KJ Martin), partially offset by the arrival of PJ Tuckershould not pose a major problem.

Aging stars

With all this, can we consider the Clippers like the favorites for the title? They certainly would have been in 2017, when Russell Westbrook, James Harden et Kawhi Leonard were all three on the voting podium for the MVP title. Today, the team’s four key players are between 32 and 34 years old. In addition, most of them have a long medical history, which raises concerns. Because it was mainly the injuries that hampered The Angels these last years.

Leonard et George have been slowed down, even stopped in the playoffs almost every year by new physical problems. This alignment of stars recalls the workforce of Brooklyn NetsOr James Harden played with Kevin Durant et Kyrie Irving, who has been significantly limited by injuries and their low number of matches played together. The slightest physical glitch will also be an obstacle to the creation of collective chemistry, a major issue for the franchise which only has a year to learn to play together.

Are the Clippers the favorites for the NBA title?

The arrival of James Harden undeniably strengthens the chances of Clippers to become NBA Champions. American bookmakers moved them from 8th to 5th place. However, they remain far behind the Milwaukee BucksTHE Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets, who also have several stars in their squad. These teams have younger and more stable projects, less prone to injuries. So that The Angels wins the title, it will require a perfect alignment of the stars, more than for any other team.

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