Jamal Crawford to Clippers: Who Has the Better Roster, Lakers or Clippers?

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Jamal Crawford to Clippers: Who Has the Better Roster, Lakers or Clippers?
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Jamal Crawford and the L.A. Clippers have agreed on a deal worth $25 million over the next four years, as reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo!.

That's a lot of money to give to a 32-year-old player who's known more for his 40.8 career shooting percentage and his 2010 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award than he is for anything else.

In addition to landing Crawford, the Clippers, as reported by the L.A. Times, are going to re-sign Chauncey Billups to a one-year deal worth $4.3 million, including bonuses, and he won't be ready to play until mid-December.

With those signings and the addition of Lamar Odom a few days ago, the Clippers are putting together a surprisingly talented roster heading into the 2012-13 season.

Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan headline an impressive starting lineup for the Clippers. In addition to that, the Clippers will have Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler and Eric Bledsoe coming off the bench.

Interestingly enough, the Clippers, with all that talent, still might not have the best roster in L.A., with the Lakers adding Steve Nash via a sign-and-trade, as reported by Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Lakers have a starting lineup headlined by Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. While that starting lineup is certainly impressive, the Lakers lack one thing the Clippers roster has, which is depth in their second unit.

The Lakers' second unit, right now, consists of Steve Blake, Devin Ebanks, Andrew Goudelock and Josh McRoberts. Last season, those players combined for an average of 16.4 points per game.

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That's not the kind of bench production the Lakers will need if they intend on competing in a very competitive Western Conference.

The Clippers have an average of 30.3 points per game coming off the bench from Billups, Bledsoe and Butler. That bench production gives them the initial advantage over the Lakers.

Fortunately for the Lakers, they have one thing that the Clippers don't, and that is efficiency.

While the Clippers might have a more offensively explosive roster  and a deeper bench at the moment, the Lakers have a much more efficient group of players, and I'll take efficiency over inconsistent production any day of the week.

The Lakers will certainly add more talent to their bench, and they also have one of the more prolific scorers coming out of the 2012 NBA draft in Darius Johnson-Odom, so it's safe to say the Lakers bench will improve before the 2012-13 season starts.

Where we stand right now, the Clippers have an advantage when it comes to the depth on their roster, but the Lakers have the advantage when it comes to team chemistry and efficiency, which is always an extremely valuable asset to have.

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