Doc Rivers has already improved the Los Angeles Clippers' title chances but not by much.
It seems that he Los Angeles Clippers are intent on finally becoming a legitimate contender in the NBA. They got rid of the perpetually inept Vinny Del Negro and replaced him with Doc Rivers, a coach with championship experience and enough leadership ability to lead a cast of three future hall-of-famers.
Of course, the addition of Rivers alone will not be enough to hang a championship banner in the Staples Center’s rafters, but the coaching move brings the Clippers one step closer to their ultimate goal. If L.A can make a move to bring a low-post scoring threat to the team and help relieve Blake Griffin of those responsibilities during crunch time, they might be able to compete with the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs of the world.
The oddsmakers recently updated their 2014 NBA futures lines after news of the Rivers trade broke and according to the odds the sportsbooks are not impressed. A few days before the news of the trade broke the Clippers were +1800 to win next years NBA title and +550 to win the Western Conference. The team moved down to +1500 to win the title and down to +500 to win the west, which is a marginal move at best. The Clippers’ odds may have improved, but they did not pass over any teams and essentially stood pat as the fifth most likely team to win next years NBA title. Here is a quick look at the updated odds for next year’s title winner.
Updated 2014 NBA title Odds
Miami Heat: +250
Oklahoma City Thunder: +650
San Antonio Spurs: +1000
Chicago Bulls: +1000
Los Angeles Clippers: +1500