Los Angeles Clippers Will Contend for NBA Title

10/24/12 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Fresh off  a trip to the Western Conference Semi-final round, the Los Angeles Clippers are poised to drastically improve upon their success. With the additions of Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom, Grant Hill, Willie Green, Ronny Turiaf and Ryan Hollins, this team has become the deepest squad in all of basketball. Adding to the core group of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups (INJ), DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe, this team can go 12 deep on any given night.

Depth and front-court help were needs entering the offseasOct 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) dribbles the ball against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 88-71. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIREon, and Odom, Turiaf and Hollins should help solidify that unit. Grant Hill and Chauncey Billups provide the veteran leadership necessary for a team to make that run toward the Larry O'Brien. 

Paul led the league in steals last season one again and continues to be the top point guard in the game. He is also playing for a maximum contract extension this season, rest assured Paul will put the team squarely on his shoulders like he did last season in crunch time. 

With Blake Griffin one year older and that much more mature, Paul will have a more dependable second option down low with a variety of options both on the court and available off the bench. Paul has already noted that this is the "deepest team ('he's) ever been a part of." 

Bledsoe will be able to spell Paul whenver he requires a breather and Vinny Del Negro will have more confidence in his young point guard this season as he proved his speed and aggressive defense is worthy of court time. A lot will be expected of the newcomers, specifically Crawford Odom and Hill.

Jamal will have to take the place of the scoring punch lost when the Clippers shipped Mo Williams to Utah. Lamar will need to prove not only to the Clippers organization and his teammates that he can still compete at a high level, but more importantly to himself. If he truly believes that he can be the force he was two years ago, this team will have no problem reaching the conference finals. 
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10/26/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

AJ_88 wrote:
Haha, see? You just had to see them in action for a hot second. Clippers are incredibly deep and very talented and will 100% challenge the Lakers for supremacy in not only Los Angeles, but the Western Conference.

not you, matt barnes is the jerk
just wanted to clarify that :P

10/26/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

AJ_88 wrote:
Haha, see? You just had to see them in action for a hot second. Clippers are incredibly deep and very talented and will 100% challenge the Lakers for supremacy in not only Los Angeles, but the Western Conference.

they will be good
i still take the starting 5 of the lakers over their starting 5
but their bench is deep, every deep

i dislike matt barnes now because he tanked for the lakers and now is playing his best ever
jerk!  lol

10/26/12   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

PurrsAlot wrote:
The Clippers do look good.  Funny how Matt Barnes couldn't hit a shot under the basket for the Lakers and now he is hitting a 3 for the Clips.  Go figure.

Haha, see? You just had to see them in action for a hot second. Clippers are incredibly deep and very talented and will 100% challenge the Lakers for supremacy in not only Los Angeles, but the Western Conference.

10/25/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

The Clippers do look good.  Funny how Matt Barnes couldn't hit a shot under the basket for the Lakers and now he is hitting a 3 for the Clips.  Go figure.

10/24/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

factor in possible injuries and your bigs could go down.  my point is ... look what happened to the Bulls last season.  They were favored to contend all the way then Rose goes down.  I guarantee if something happens to LeBron the Heat won't make it passed the first round.

10/24/12   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Please, divulge - because in the NBA, there are only a small portion of teams who will contend for the title (Lakers, Heat, Thunder, Celtics, Spurs, Clippers and maybe the Bulls if Rose is healthy). The Hawks most certainly wont, neither will the Sixers, Grizzlies or the Pacers...perhaps you could throw the Nuggets into the conversation on a good day. But other than that? The Knicks or Nets? Nahh. The Jazz, Phoenix, Nola or the Magic? Don't think so. 

10/24/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

So will The Bull, The Celtics, The Heat, The Pacers, The 76ers, The Hawks, The Lakers, The Spurs, The Thunder, .... at this point of the preseason everyone is contending.