Of course, the signing of Chris Paul is an “X” Factor in this case, but other than that, the Clippers have it pretty good. A rumor that startled me, and I’m sure you too, was that Chauncey Billups is going to retire, and then become a possible coaching candidate for the Clippers. It was very surprising to me, and I don’t feel as if that would be a very smart move for them. Billups, of course one of the best at one point, was a great player, but God knows how great of a coach he could be.
Now, it’s time to focus on the Clippers’ real issues. They were eliminated from the playoffs in the second round last year, and in the first round this year. The Memphis Grizzlies are some fierce competition, and that is a team that is tied 1-1 with the number 1 seed. At the beginning of this season, the Clippers started off very hot, and seemed like the best team in the NBA. If they can keep rolling like that, they could easily finish second or third place, getting some easier competition like the Lakers or the Rockets.
Unfortunately for them, however, Chris Paul suffered many knee injuries, and the Clippers lost their flow. Eric Bledsoe was decent, coming into the starting lineup, I’m sure all agree with me in saying that he’s no Paul. Still, however, the Clippers showed that they have the depth that’s needed to do well without Paul.
Blake Griffin is a rising star, and he’s backed up by another star in DeAndre Jordan, while the veteran experience of Caron Butler and Jamal Crawford helps out in scoring. This is a good roster on paper, even without Paul. Speculation is that he’s going to re-sign with LAC, but there’s always that chance that Paul goes somewhere where he wants to win. With Vinny Del Negro’s future in LAC uncertain, the Clippers are likely going to have a new coach by next year. The decision Paul has to make, however, is whether he wants to continue to play with Griffin or not.
For another point, the Clippers have only had their current roster for a couple years. Getting to the second round in Paul’s first season as a Clipper is pretty huge, considering the Clippers hadn’t made the playoffs since 2005. This year, they were unfortunate because of injuries to Griffin and Paul. This doesn’t, however, mean that they should make any huge decisions.