This is pretty much the L.A. division, at least for now, as the Lakers and Clippers seemed destined to battle it out for supremacy while the rest of these teams lick their wounds.
It never hurts to keep things in perspective, but man it’s getting pretty hard to do it with this bunch. Everything I imagined for this team a week ago cam to fruition in the opening pre-season game against the Lakers, when Chris Paul was dominating on both ends and D’ Andre Jordan was catching lobs and Chauncey Billups was burying wide-open jumpers.
Point is, this is gonna be a scary bunch.
Today, this is a loaded team featuring two superstars, a proven veteran with ice water in his veins and two solid role players in the starting five. Oh, and did I mention the solid, professional bench?
This team is proof positive that anything can happen in this world if you wait around long enough.
I mean, the Clippers are contenders.
The Best Case: Dare we dream?
I’m all for not getting ahead of myself, but this is a scary team right now. Not tomorrow, not next year, but right this moment. Given a little more time to establish some continuity, who knows how good they can be? Sure, they’ll need to ratchet up the defense if they really want to hit the big time, but I’d say having Jordan in the middle and Paul on the perimeter is a good start.
What we do know for certain is that this team can expect a minimum of forty wins and a top 4 spot in the Western conference as long as they stay reasonable healthy.
And yo know what’s really scary? The L.A, Clippers record for victories in a season is 47, and this team has a decent shot at breaking that in a 66 game season.
Can you believe it?
The Worst Case: At the risk of sounding like a broken record: Injuries.
Other than that, I’m not sure what would stop them from being a really good team. So long as Paul doesn’t re-injure his knee or Blake Griffin doesnt kill himself on an alley-oop attempt, this team should be good to go.
The Bottom Line: It’s a new day in Clipperland. Just how good they’ll be from day one is up for debate, but this team is headed for unprecedented success, both on the court and in the wallet. Either way, they’ll be among the most exciting teams to watch on a nightly basis, and the daily “which LA team is better” debate will rage on for the entire season, if not longer.
Yeah, they’ll have to worry about getting Griffin and Paul to sign-on for the long haul, but that’s a problem for another day. For now, it’s should be a most unforgettable Clipper season.
Sounds like fun.