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The Clippers have two of the game's brightest stars (who happen to form the most entertaining alley-oop combination). But did they do enough to surround them with a supporting cast?
The Clippers have two of the game's brightest stars (who happen to form the most entertaining alley-oop combination).
This team has talent. Paul and Griffin form one of the great superstar duos of the league, and Griffin hasn't even come close to his ceiling yet. Paul made first team All NBA last season and Griffin was chosen to the second team -- not many teams can boast two players at that level. The NBA is a superstar driven league. A legitimate MVP candidate is essentially a prerequisite for winnning a championship -- 21 of the last 22 NBA champions have featured an MVP winner on the roster. Paul was third in MVP voting a season ago and should continue to be in the conversation. So the Clippers have the top of the ticket talent to compete for a championship.
But did they do enough to surround them with a supporting cast?
If Odom plays like he did for Dallas in '11-12, every minute on the court is a minute wasted. If Odom plays like he did for the Lakers in '10-11, the Clippers could win their division ... a division that includes the Lakers. Odom's size and playmaking can help the Clippers' offense be even better. Or, Odom can go M.I.A. and slink off into the sunset, as he had appeared to do just eight or so months ago. Who knows?
Can the Clippers shake off the curse of ...being the Clippers? The playoffs is one thing, but being a true contender is another thing altogether. (And counting on Odom just strikes me as risky)
CP3 has one year remaining on his contract. He hasn't signed an extension and can still become a free agent next summer. Yes, I feel that this team could certainly go on a nice run and find themselves in the Finals (CP3 is THAT good). Although, in the short term they need to prove to Chris that they will contend annually. A trip to the conference finals would do just that.