The Lakers received Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade from the Phoenix Suns to solidify the point guard position, a spot of major concern last season. Then the Lakers re-signed Jordan Hill and added bench scoring in Antwan Jamison.
The Clippers looked to solidify their bench by adding Lamar Odom and Jamal Crawford, both previously Sixth Man of the Year, and added 40-year-old swingman Grant Hill.
It will be interesting to see who can secure the Pacific Division title in 2012. The Lakers won the Pacific last season by defeating the Clippers in two-out-of-three during the regular season.
With both teams looking strong for 2012, here are five reasons why the Los Angeles Clippers, the afterthought for decades, should turn their head away and not be worried about the moves of the Lakers.