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The Clippers unveiled their new uniforms Friday and, at first glance, they looked pretty much like their old ones.
The Nike logo on the jersey and shorts was the biggest change, after the sneaker and apparel company's new eight-year contract to outfit NBA teams started for the 2017-18 season.
Alan Anderson was a good teammate for the Clippers, but his on-court impact was virtually non-existent.
Key Clipper Facts:
- Played in 30 games as a Clipper, averaging 10 minutes per game.
- Averaged 2.9 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.4 assists per game.
- Shot 37.5% from the field and 31.8% from behind the three point line.
- Goes by “Double A”
When the Clippers signed Anderson, our Clips Nation writer Robert Flom noted that he expected “Alan [to] slide into 3rd on the depth chart, but [assumed] he gets minutes at some point this year, especially if the Clippers go small.” In general, this was the expectation: Anderson, being a 34 year old, 8 year NBA veteran, would step up and play in small line ups, as well as back up Johnson and Mbah a Moute when there was foul trouble or injuries.
He was technically brought in as a “3 and D” guy, even though he shot in the low 30% range from three for most of his career. Clips Nation fans, I believe it’s fair to say, were optimistic, though, believing that the playmaking ability of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul could give him more opportunities to get open shots.
And, finally, we expected him to be a good teammate. Again, as Robert noted in his blog post, it was rumored that John Wall wanted Anderson to come back to D.C., even though Anderson only played in 13 games as a Wizard. At the time, we did not think the Clippers had many “locker room issues” (assuming that any DJ versus CP3 beef was in fact over exaggerated), but we also knew Anderson could help keep spirits high during what would inevitably be a very stressful, high-stakes season.
As demonstrated in the “Key Clippers Facts” section, Anderson did not get many chances. The season did not start very well for him, given that he was rehabbing for an injury. Doc decided to gradually return him to action, but, in the end, that slow ramping up to playing time never really had a pay off. In total, Anderson only played 30 games — and only 7 games after the All-Star game. In fact, 12 of those 30 games came in December, as injuries forced the Clippers to get creative.
It’s hard to use +/- in the context of a player like Anderson, who might be getting a lot of garbage time minutes that don’t mean very much. But, for what it’s worth, he was a -2.6 while on the floor. Furthermore, the idea that Anderson would get better quality looks because he would be playing with great playmakers proved foolish because he hardly got to play significant minutes with the Clippers’ core.
But where Anderson did redeem himself was in the “intangible” categories. As I wrote in February, Anderson was a beloved member of the team. The Clippers organization even made this short segment about him:February 4, 2017
He had handshakes for several of his teammates, was constantly cheering and engaged while he was on the bench, and earned the trust of this Clippers team — a team that, we later would find out, was pretty fractured on the inside. He was the “glue guy” — and he “brought the spirit.”
Although Anderson continued his reputation as being a great teammate in Los Angeles, his “legacy” as a Clipper will most likely get washed away pretty quickly. This is partially due to the lack of success that the team had, but also because many of the players he became good friends with are no longer in Los Angeles. Anderson was on a one year, minimum contract, which already limited his ability to make a legacy for himself. But, even more impactful, guys like Felton and Speights, with whom he played, are no longer on the team to keep his handshakes and enthusiasm going.
In the end, Anderson’s legacy will live within the larger narrative of the Clippers’ inability to find a solid Small Forward to play with their core-four. Anderson is lucky that he was on the same roster as Wes Johnson and Paul Pierce, who were the focus of much of Clips Nation’s frustration, or he might have faced more ire himself.
The NBA offseason is objectively the hardest part of the year for any self respecting basketball fan. Sure, the trade rumors are exciting. And cereal-themed Photoshop battles between team social media accounts are pretty cool. But we all know nothing beats coming home to a full slate of NBA games...
Finally, we get a look at the team’s new uniforms for the 2017-18 season.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at the Clippers’ new Association and Icon edition jerseys, designed by Nike. Ahead of today’s official unveiling by the Clippers, I’d like to share some pictures I took yesterday, along with official images from Clippers PR.
Here’s how this works: I’m gonna write some of my thoughts on the new uniforms, and there are 24 images waiting for you in a slideshow at the bottom of the article. If you can’t wait one minute longer, feel free to skip down to the bottom and come read my notes afterward—but please don’t ask me questions without reading the notes first. I bet I’ll answer most of them.
- The Association and Icon editions are two of the four new jerseys that the Clippers will have from Nike this season. So if your criticism is that the jerseys are basic, or simple—yes, they are. It’s entirely possible that jerseys 3 and 4 will be a little more creative (I have absolutely no idea what’s in the works), but it’s a good thing to have some basic, clean options. These jerseys are nice, simple, clean, and sharp, and that’s a good thing to have for your two base uniforms.
- No longer will the home team always wear white. The home team will be allowed to pick their jersey color and the road team will pick a contrasting uniform. Last season, we saw the Clippers routinely pick their black alternate jerseys over their road red jerseys. This season, we can expect to see a LOT of whatever the players’ favorite uniforms are—or at least, whichever uniform they happen to be on a winning streak with.
- My opinion on the uniforms: they’re beautiful, simple, and clean. They aren’t extravagant but, like I said above, they’re exactly what you want for your two base uniforms. I can’t wait to see what the Clippers unveil for their last two jerseys, one of which is going to be inspired by “the athlete’s mindset” and the other by “the community.” As far as these basic jerseys go, this is a definite upgrade from the team’s uniforms last season. What color will the other two be? Red? Grey? Black? Light blue? We’ll have to wait and see.
- My least favorite part of the new uniform—the mismatched stripes on the shorts. The idea is that red is always on the left side, because symbolic nautical lighting puts red on the port (left) side of the ship. I get why they did it, in an effort to include some notable nautical symbolism in the jersey design, but in my opinion it’s the weak point of the new designs.
- One really cool, but super minor touch is the addition of nautical flags above the label that spells “Clipper Nation” in the nautical alphabet. I would have preferred if they put “Clips Nation” but I guess we can live with Clipper Nation.
Lonzo Ball and the Lakers will open the NBA season by hosting Blake Griffin and the Clippers at Staples Center on Oct. 19 during a series of marquee games over four nights that were announced Thursday.
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Lonzo Ball will make his NBA debut when the Lakers and Clippers renew their Hallway Series rivalry in a season-opening matchup on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Staples Center, the league announced Thursday afternoon. The Lakers will be the designated home team.
The Lakers also will play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Christmas evening game.
According to Brad Turner of the L.A. Times, the NBA Season will kick off with the Battle for L.A.
According to Brad Turner of the L.A. Times, the Clippers and Lakers will open their seasons against each other on October 19th in a Lakers home game at STAPLES Center. The two will play on opening night in the nation’s first look at the post-CP3 Clippers and the beginning of the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball era.
The Clippers’ home schedule has already been leaked on Ticketmaster, but this is the first road game that we’ve heard about. The Clippers’ first home game is October 23rd, so it seems likely that they will play a road game against a nearby team on the 21st before returning to Los Angeles for their home opener against the Phoenix Suns.