With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
Much of the team’s promise stems from good health, which was lacking in 2017-18. Milos Teodosic, who battled through plantar fasciitis for much of the year, should bring an entirely new skill set to the Staples Center floor.
Prior to joining the Clippers last summer, Teodosic was regarded as one of the best international point guards not yet in an NBA uniform. His penchant for passing made him an intriguing fit with the Clippers, but he was never able to truly showcase his abilities.
Teodosic, a 31-year-old point guard, averaged 9.5 PPG and 4.6 APG in just 45 appearances. Even the games in which he played were marred by injury.
The 2018-19 season promises to be different, though. While he will be competing for playing time with a host of guards, Teodosic is one of the two true point guards on the roster. While Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Avery Bradley all have experience running the point, they are seen as combo guards more than anything. Teodosic should split time with rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as the primary ball-handler.
If head coach Doc Rivers opts to bring Gilgeous-Alexander along slowly, there could be a significant opportunity for Teodosic to showcase the skills that made him so highly sought after last summer.
Teodosic stood by his decision to leave Europe and join the NBA, too.
"I'm happy to be here and I really enjoy playing with the best players in the world and against the best players in the world,” Teodosic told the LA Times. “I'm happy that I'm here."
The two sides are clearly committed to each other, as well. Teodosic opted into the second year of his deal, and the Clippers chose to retain him–where they could have saved money by moving in a different direction. Teodosic should provide a valuable veteran presence for this young, athletic Clippers team.
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