Clippers Are For Real!?
All jokes aside the Clippers have to be the favorite in the West, and poobably in the league. They are the only team with no weakness in their starting five, and they have so much depth. And with CP3 and Billups that's so much leadership. It's kinda scary.
Favorite in the league? Wrong. Favorite in the West? Better chances but still no. They don't even have a real SG on their team! Foye is a combo guard at best, Chauncey and Mo Williams are playing SG minutes now..
I wouldn't consider Chauncey Billups a weakness
im a big clippers fan but the top team has got to be the Thunder. Their starting lineup is as good as it gets. Plus you got Harden off the bench who is running away with the sixth man of the year award. Harden has been outplaying Westbrook thus far this year. He is unbelievably efficent shooting a high percent from all spots and getting to the line at an extremely high rate not to mention hes only averaging 1.5 turnovers per game.
They have championship caliber defense with Sefolosha Perkins Ibaka as defensive stalworths and with Durant Harden Westbrook Collison Mohammed not being slouches either.
Lastly they have a great cohesiveness and really buy into what scott brooks is telling them.
Ay Sup, their weakness is the terrible shooting of free-throws by DeAndre Jordan and occassionally Blake Griffin, OCCASIONALLY. Also Caron has slow feet and is not that tough on D.
I'm not that impressed with the Thunder. They lack that leadership.
@he got game those are small things I can see improving throught this season
And Blake has more hops than last year it's crazy
The clippers have a chance to win any game they are in just because of Chris Paul and his unbelievable competitive fire.
What about ranking 28th in rebounding and 29th in Free throw shooting? That might be considered a weakness....
opponent but a veteran team will knock them out.
The Mavs looks like they are playing for next season.
The Spurs and Lakers are older.
Grizz have a chance to make run, along with the Blazers, Nuggets, and Clippers
The Thunder are probably the best team right now.
The team that wins the West, depends on the matchups they have during the playoffs.
Yeah exactly what Johnny Chill said. The Clippers are definatly good, but to call them the best in the league or even the best in the west right now is a little premature.
Here's one thing I will say about the Clippers; They are starting to jell far earlier that I anticipated they would.
Look at Miami last year, they started off the season with a rocky start and everybody said well look at their core; LBJ, Bosh and Miller are all new additions that need time to learn how to play as a team. Well by the last third of the season they were a championship caliber team.
CP3, Billups and Butler give the Clips three new starters this year, and with the lockout they have had far less time to play with each other than Miami did a year ago. But LAC is really starting to mesh in a hurry. I think one advantage that Lob City has over the Big Three is the delineation of roles. Just about every player on the Clips knows exactly what his particular role is on the team.
All that leadership...it's...too...muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch...
1. The Clippers are not a deep team. A deep team is a team with good backups at every position not just PG, SG, and maybe SF. Here is what the Clips depth chart looks like: Starters: Paul, Billups, Butler, Griffin, Jordan. Backups: Mo Williams, Foye, Gomes, Cook, Thompkins. They also have Bledsoe, Leslie, Evans and Jones. Bledsoe is hurt right now but once he comes back, he'll be okay. Leslie is a rookie, Evans is a good rebounder but other than not much else, Tompkins is also a rookie, Jones is probably the worst player in the league right now, and Gomes is okay but they could do better. At PG and SG they are set, but other than that they need help. If Butler, Griffin, or Jordan go down, who comes in and replaces them. Gomes, Cook, Thompkins, Evans, and Jones are no starters and certainly not good replacements if one of the aforementioned three goes down. If they have no injuries than they might be set, but thats saying alot.
2. The West is not up for grabs this year. The Mavs have won 5 straight, I'd say they are still trying to protect that championship, Never count out the Spurs as long as Pop is their coach. His ability to use young talent, like Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter, Dejuan Blair, and Gary Neal and make them all into servicable backups who can replace Parker, Ginobli, and Duncan at any time should any one of them go down, is astounding. Jazz are playing really well as of late, Nugs are doing well even with JR Smith, Chandler, and Kenyon Martin playing overseas. Blazers also have ridiculous depth, Lakers are seeming to find new gas every game, especially Kobe, The Grizzlies are always an underrated cinderella team who can win on any given day just like the aforementioned Blazers, Jazz, and Nuggets can. So no, the West is not up for grabs, and it never is.
The Clips will definitely make the postseason this year but if they want to advance past the first round than they need to have more depth in their front court. Like JLV2011 said unless the Clips add more depth to thier front court, than they will be an entertaining first round opponent but they will get ousted by a veteran team.
LAC struggles to score in the half-court when Chris Paul isn't amazing...
In the playoffs, the game slows down. There won't be as many Blake Griffin fast break dunks or lobs. They'll actually have to execute in the half-court, especially if they meet a great defensive team.
I'd still pick the Thunder, Dallas, Blazers, Nuggets and maybe even the Grizzlies (depends on Randolph's health and chemistry) over the Clippers.
The guy mocking leadership has a Tebow pic?
The Clippers favorites you gotta be kidding me.
They have a nice team but they go stretches w/out scoring and their bench isn't great.
Yeah they have big names but Griffin, Jordan have no playoff experience.
CP3 has to do too much at times for them to win like the Lakers game.
You need team chemistry to be the favorites too not just talent look at the Bulls not the most talented team but chemistry and a great system may have them being the favorite in the East.
about how many more seasons until people begin to ask the whole, "will CP3 ever get a ring" question
They'll make the playoffs this year, and for the Clippers that's HUGE. One step at a time.