Since Blake Griffin has entered the NBA, he’s made the Los Angeles Clippers a must-watch team. USA Today agrees as they rank the franchise as the third most “watchable” team coming into the 2013-14 season:
“Lob City”: Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan are two of the best dunkers in the NBA, a fact Paul knows well. Though the big guys get most of the praise, the Clippers’ “Lob City” moniker didn’t come about until they traded for Paul, and his precision passing opens up the offense to allow for the backdoor (and in-your-face) slams.
The Clippers having two of the best big-man dunkers in the NBA isn’t the only reason why Adi Joseph is so high on watching this team. He also mentions the fact that they have the best point guard in the world in Chris Paul, have added two knock-down shooters to play alongside him in J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley and how they’re actually better than the Los Angeles Lakers coming into the season.
Well, he’s absolutely right. Each night there’s a chance that something special will happen and it all goes back to Blake Griffin. Selecting him number one overall changed this franchise in ways unimaginable. Before they were a laughing stock of the NBA living in the shadows of their “big brothers” in the Lakers who were winning plenty of championships. Now the tides have turned. With Griffin came Chris Paul, one of the more exciting ball-handlers in the NBA in Jamal Crawford, Doc Rivers and plenty other players who have expressed interest in joining the Clippers.
Looking at the rest of USA Today’s rankings, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets came in at five and four behind the Clippers. The Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat will fill out the rest of the top five.