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No team has received more attention recently than the Los Angeles Clippers.
Chris Paul came in and gave the Clippers an immediate shot at taking the Western Conference.
Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler lend needed experience to a young team, and both players have started along with DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and Paul.
Billups and Paul will be having fun this season by simply lobbing the ball to a couple of the NBA's best dunkers in Griffin and Jordan.
The whole starting roster can score at will. If Vinnie Del Negro can figure out when to substitute Mo Williams, Randy Foye, Ryan Gomez, Brian Cook (I know), Eric Bledsoe and the Clipper rookies in, then the starting five will remain well-rested all year long
Before the big trade, fans were thinking that the Clippers could finally get into the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. Now, with Paul and the others, Clippers fans are thinking they have a legitimate shot at the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Jordan is already a defensive stud, but if Griffin can pick up his play on that side of the ball, then it would be hard for me to disagree with the high expectations for the Clippers this season.