Trade deadline fixes: Pacific Division
Los Angeles Clippers
The problem: How good is the combination of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin? Well, consider the Clippers currently rank as the league's fourth most efficient offense despite the fact Vinny Del Negro hadn't coached any of his previous three teams to a top-half finish on the offensive end. That's despite the presence of Derrick Rose on his first two teams and Griffin on last season's Clippers. Unfortunately, the Clips' 22nd-ranked defense hasn't been able to keep up despite the elite athleticism of starting big men Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Jordan ranks third in the league in block percentage, which is really all L.A.'s defense has to hang its hat on.
According to 82games.com, they are 11.5 points per 100 possessions worse defensively with Jordan out of the game. Opposing centers have an 18.2 PER versus Jordan, so it seems as if he's protecting the rim at all costs, even if it means abandoning the man he's assigned to guard. If the Clippers are going to be able to deal with efficient opponents like Oklahoma City and San Antonio in the postseason, they are going to have to get consistent stops.
The fix: The Clippers' defense has been better in the nine games since Kenyon Martin joined the rotation. However, Del Negro is still a man short in his big-man rotation, with scrappy but undersized Reggie Evans still logging too much court time. A trade isn't necessarily the remedy here. Eventually, some team is going to snap up solid defensive center Kyrylo Fesenko, who is surprisingly still dangling on the free-agent market even though he's reportedly recovered from knee problems. The Clippers would be a good fit for him as they wouldn't expect much out of his limited offensive arsenal but could really use his butt-kicking presence in the lane. Los Angeles can only offer Fesenko the veteran's minimum, so it'd have to sell him on the opportunity to be a part of a contending rotation.
Fesenko WARP: --/minus-1.5 (over two seasons)
— ESPN Insider