Buying or Selling on the L.A. Clippers as a Legit Western Conference Power

November 10th, 2012 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers have failed to meet expectations, but Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers have not.

After being humiliated by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of last season's playoffs, the Clippers were considered a facade.

Sure, Los Angeles had plenty of talent on paper, but clearly it wasn't enough to propel them toward title contention. Players like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were simply too one-dimensional to ensure this franchise would prosper in the near future.

Then came the offseason. The Clippers completely re-tooled their roster, adding experienced veterans like Matt Barnes, Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom and Ronny Turiaf, while also retaining the injured Chauncey Billups.

By all accounts, it was a successful summer for Los Angeles' red-jerseyed stepchild. The team was visibly more talented than last season and even staring down the barrel of Paul's impending free agency, this team had the potential to thrive.

Or did it?

Despite the slew of household names the Clippers now had on their docket, there seemed to be too many potential obstacles for them to over ...

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