There is a lot to be optimistic about the Clippers this season. They are a young and upcoming team and are likely going to make the playoffs this season. Those are just two reasons that I can think of off the top of my head. Luckily for all of you reading, I have five more reasons to be optimistic about the Clippers season.
1. A Boy Named Blake Griffin
Way to point the obvious here with Blake Griffin, but he is the biggest reason to be optimistic about the Clippers season and future. He will only improve moving forth even after having an impressive rookie year, averaging 22 points per game and 12 rebounds per game. Once he gets the jump shot down consistently, then he could be right in the discussion of being the best player in the NBA.
2. The Youth On The Team
The youth on any team is usually a concern through the early parts of their development. The team doesn’t establish a winning chemistry and suffers through a lot of growing pains along the way (This sounds way too identical to the Clippers) I’ve seen a lot of progress from the Clippers through out last year that they could move past those growing pains and finally establish a winning chemistry this season.
3. A New Small Forward (Hopefully)
There is nothing wrong with second year small forward Al-Farouq Aminu. The only thing that was a problem is with us and having too high of expectations for Aminu. We all thought that he would make a huge impact in his rookie season and that ended up not being the case. He still has a lot to improve on like his perimeter defense and his shooting from the mid-range to the three point line. The Clippers are expected to sign a veteran small forward not only to improve their starting lineup, but to also help mentor Aminu into becoming that full-time starting small forward for the Clippers.
4. Point Guard Competition
Second year point guard Eric Bledsoe impressed everyone in his rookie season. He impressed so much that he may deserve a shot at starting at point guard for the Clippers. However, there will be some tough competition in front of him with the eight year veteran Mo Williams still being on the team. No matter the circumstances, the Clippers will end up having two good point guards.
5. The Rookies
The Clippers drafted both Travis Leslie and Trey Thompkins in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. Both rookies are expected to contribute right away with the lack of bench depth on the team.
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