If the preseason is any indication, Los Angeles Clippers head coach doc Rivers is planning to start international point guard Milos Teodosic this season.
Teodosic came off the bench in the team’s first game, and he now has several starts under his belt. Even in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the facilitator showcased his full arsenal. Most importantly, Teodosic shot 4-for-7 from behind the three-point arc, which will be a great benefit to a Rivers.
One of the team’s biggest question marks is where the three-point shooting will come from. If he can provide a boost from distance, that will help defray the loss of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick.
Teodosic, despite his proclivity for flashy passes, has also managed to limit his turnovers throughout the preseason. In three games, he is averaged a 2:1 assistant-to-turnover ratio.
If Teodosic can prove he can score, that will also free up Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan down low, as teams will have to respect the point guard out on the perimeter.
“He pretty much delivers it where you need it when you need it,” Griffin told the Orange County Register. “Guys like that are easy to play with. You’ve just got to be ready to catch the ball. It’s a lot of fun. He’s one of those point guards who knows exactly when to pass. It’s been a lot of fun.”
The Clippers will open their season against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 19. The matchup will pit Teodosic against the heralded Lonzo Ball. Ball has been battling an ankle injury, but he is expected to be ready for the opener.
The battle of LA point guards will be one to watch as the season gets underway. For more Clippers news and tickets to select home games, keep it here on AXS.com.