The LA Clippers suffer constant injuries to star forwards Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. However, as far as the 2023-24 NBA season is concerned, both players seem poised to start.
Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue recently said Leonard and George are both on track to reach 100% for the upcoming season.
“Both are on track to be at 100% by training camp and that’s what we need.” said Lue in the Monday issue #thisleague UNCUT Podcast. “You know, our best players will be healthy and we were just in an unfortunate situation where our two best players [haven’t had] In the last three years we played a whole season together and it was tough for us…
“We have to, like I said, start respecting the regular season and give our fans what they want to see and play hard every night and do our best.”
The Clippers had a 44-38 record last season, which is good for fifth seed in the Western Conference. They then lost to the Phoenix Suns in five games in Round 1, with George missing the playoffs entirely due to a leg injury and Leonard missing the last three games of the series due to a knee injury; The Clippers won Game 1 of the series in Phoenix before losing the next four games.
Leonard played 52 games last season after missing the 2021-22 season due to a cruciate ligament tear he sustained in the 2020-21 NBA playoffs. In the time Leonard did In the game, he averaged 23.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game with a shot rate of 51.2/41.6/87.1.
In the 56 games that George was in before his season-ending leg injury, George averaged 23.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game with a shooting average of 45.7/37 .1/87.1. The year before, George was limited to 31 games due to an elbow injury. Leonard and George have each never played 60 regular season games for the Clippers in their four seasons with the organization.
Both players may be entering the final year of their respective contracts as they have player options for the 2024-25 season.
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Leonard, 32, is a two-time NBA champion who has received five All-NBA honors. George, 33, has six All-NBA and eight All-Star Game honors.
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