Feb 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and power forward Blake Griffin (32) jump off the bench to the defense of Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) during the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Can Clippers Win With DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin?


It’s a simple question, yes. But it’s one that has to be answered before the start of the 2013-2014 season. It seems as if the Los Angeles Clippers are going to stay with this lineup, thinking it’s going to work. That may not be the case, however, as DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin have shown problems in the past. Bad shooting is normal amongst big men, but most of the time, these guys don’t play great defense. Griffin has been known to flop, and that may work, but it won’t forever. Jordan is a solid center, but lacks the scoring prowess the Clippers need in the middle.

How can these guy contend together with so many problems? Well for starters, almost every championship contended has solid big men like Tim Duncan or Chris Bosh. The Clippers do have Blake Griffin, yes, but he’s very inexperienced when it comes to the postseason. That’s what he needs to work on. In the conference finals, for example, will he be able to defend Duncan’s dangerous bank shot? Will he be able to avoid Duncan’s blocks. The only thing that he has working in his advantage at this stage is his youth.

As for DeAndre Jordan, a few teams such as the Golden State Warriors have showed interest in him, but have never aggressively pursued him. This is probably because he’s a solid contributor. Last season with the Clippers, he averaged 8.8 PPG, 7.2 Rebounds per game, and 1.4 blocks per game. These are good enough numbers for a starting center, perhaps, but not good enough for a championship-contending team. Unless you have pure scorers averaging 32 ppg in the playoffs, you need to be averaging more than 10 points per game. In the playoffs, he averaged 3.7 ppg and 6.2 rebounds per game which are both considerably below his regular season averages.

The Clippers have covered literally every other aspect of their game. They were weak, so they brought in shooters. They needed the number one point guard in the NBA so they re-signed Chris Paul. They needed to spread the floor, so they drafted Reggie Bullock. Griffin is one of the best power forwards in the league, without a doubt, but flashiness can only get you so far. Come playoff time, he and Jordan need to start focusing on scoring instead of just dunking. I know that most of their points don’t come off of dunks, but sometimes, a simple layup is just as good. The Clippers will be good next season, there’s no doubt about that. Will they, however, be great?

What do you all think?

Can the Clippers Win With Jordan and Griffin?

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  • Steve Deaths

    Yes They Can Win Specially Now With Doc Coaching Them

    • ClipShip

      Exactly right. The key is defense, not offense. If Blake and DJ can significantly improve their defense (both individual and team), I think the Clippers would be a very, very dangerous team. And I think this is going to be Doc’s #1 point of focus entering the season. The Clippers are among the lead leaders in offense…what they really need to improve is their defense.

      Offensively, the only thing DJ really needs to worry about is his free throw shooting. If he can improve to 60%, or even 50%, he’ll be able to play significant minutes in big games (although probably still not in crunch time). Developing post moves is less important for DJ now that the Clippers have added so much perimeter shooting to the roster. If DJ can contribute 6-10 points per game with dunks and layups, I think that is sufficient…IF he becomes a force on the defensive end.

  • Renato S.

    What is this? I mean, Blake was known for flop, fair enough but he didn’t flop last season, whereas he talks about Bosh as a solid guy and he did get fined by flopping, didn’t he? Clippers D showed improvements last season and for a part of the season they were top 5, which means that they can do that. VDN’s lack of system may count as something here and tell us a bit about their decline in the second half. Wanting or not, Blake’s D got better last season and failing to notice that is a bit weird when you try to initiate an analysis. DJ has been called a project for way too long, hopefully Doc will really teach him how to be a proper defensive Big. Both of them have to step up, I expect a shut up breakout year from Blake, he really doesn’t have any excuse anymore, he has a proper coach that knows how to maximize their players if he doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world, Griffin will only enter his 4th year in the league, but he may not be the super star people believe he can be. But back to the answer, yes, they can win with Blake and DJ, but it’s too early to say they will or they won’t. I’d like to see at least the preseason.