Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have played surprisingly well this season getting All-Star level production from Tobias Harris and getting legitimate production from Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, and Danilo Gallinari. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is proving he’s a capable on and off-ball scorer giving the Clippers hope that he can be a franchise piece.
With this group, the Clippers don’t need the services of Dennis Smith Jr but they could be significantly better with him. With Gilgeous-Alexander having the flexibility of playing as a combo guard, Smith could play the point while Gilgeous-Alexander slides to the 2 position.
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In exchange, the Mavs could get Patrick Beverley and Jerome Robinson. Beverley is still one of the best defensive point guards in the league and has the ability to play off-ball on offense. This could bode well for the Mavs as Doncic is the primary ball handler and Doncic still has issues guarding more athletic opponents.
Jerome Robinson is a young talent who was surprisingly polished coming out of Boston College.
He is an all around good player who didn’t have the athleticism of a Zhaire Smith or even a Gilgeous-Alexander, but his all-around ability will allow him to play in this league for a long time.
Dennis Smith and Luka haven’t played for a season yet so there is plenty of time to figure out who these two can fit with each other. The combination of a pass first stretch 4 and a smaller athletic point guard is a combination many teams would love to have. Hopefully the Mavs coaching staff can fix this for years to come.