yes raptors are absolute trash in the playoffs but that is how their regular season standings will turn out once again. my ranking is entirely regular season standings predictions, nothing more. also you guys fail to realize that the clippers were playing many of those games without patrick beverley, avery bradley, and milos teodosic. they replaced deandre jordan who is literally just catch lobs and rebound with a very serviceable center in marcin gortat (yes he is worse but he is not a bad player), while at the same time removing a player with a negative impact on their games in austin rivers. if the clippers somehow retain their free agents and have a rotation with patrick beverley, lou williams, milos teodosic, avery bradley, danilo gallinari, the supremely underrated tobias harris, montrezl harrell, marcin gortat, to go along with their high energy bench role players, i think they’ll easily improve from last season’s results.
interesting stat: among all qualified players montrezl harrell ranked 12th in the NBA in PER last season
also if boogie and kawhi BOTH join lebron on the lakers they are winning a championship, all three of these players are top 10 in the league imo, with boogie being 1A/1B for best big man in the NBA with anthony davis
adding a bit as an NBA stat nerd:
patrick beverley played in just 11 games, avery bradley 6.
meanwhile, this team was so plagued by injuries that they STARTED:
sindarious thornwell 17 times, “jamil wilson” (???) 10 times, tyrone wallace 19 times, wesley johnson 40 times, austin rivers 59 times, jawun evans 4 times, and even gave one start to sam dekker of all people.
of course some of these starts were to cheese lou williams (19 starts) into winning sixth man of the year but still