Donald Sterling is probably not an easy man to work for; miser is one of the least rude things said about his character, and he was probably trying to low-ball Neil Olshey’s new contract. Will Olshey regret not being able to see where he could take this Clippers team though? This is by no means an insult to the Portland Trail Blazers; they have an excellent organization with a commitment to winning and a lot of great pieces. Not least of which is All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
But the Clippers have an All-Star power porward of their own: Blake Griffin. They also have a 1st Team All NBA point guard in Chris Paul, who together form one of the most devastating pick and roll finishes in the NBA. The Clippers were still figuring things out on the fly this year, and Blake Griffin still led the NBA in points in the paint and dunks(192), which is 42 more than the next closest player. Chris Paul also had a phenomenal year, finishing 3rd in MVP voting.
What will this pair be able to accomplish with a full off-season behind them? To be truthful, it might be hard to go farther in the playoffs or even have a better winning percentage next year, because the West is so tough, and Olshey did an incredible job filling out this year’s roster with so little time as a result of the lockout. He added Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler, and Paul(all former all-stars) in a period of 6 days). He then added help in Kenyon Martin, Reggie Evans, and Nick Young; every single one of those guys(except the injured Billups) contributed to how the Clippers succeeded in the regular and post-season. It will take an equally adept GM to get the Clippers beyond where they went this year.
Will Olshey look back at all though, and think: what could
have accomplished with this roster?