The arrival of Chris Paul last season vaulted the Los Angeles Clippers to the top of every pundit’s conference favorite picks, national television schedule and NBA jersey sales list. However, injuries and overall sloppy play eventually led to the team’s demise, as the San Antonio Spurs swept them out of the playoffs in the second round.
The Oklahoma City Thunder made the NBA finals, the Miami Heat is still the team to beat, and the crosstown Los Angeles Lakers added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. There was much work to be done in order to keep up with the league’s elite.
Despite filling some of the major holes from last season, the Los Angeles Clippers have a lot of work to do before they are competing with the league’s best. Let’s take a look at the five weaknesses that will prevent them from being a legitimate title contender.