The Los Angeles Clippers' metamorphosis from laughing stock to contender last season was incredible for a franchise mired in mediocrity. After it was announced that Chris Paul was coming to the Clippers, the expectations for L.A.'s oft-forgotten basketball team had changed overnight.
For the first time in many years, it could be seriously argued that the Clippers were the best team in L.A. The Clippers were set to prove that they were not second fiddle anymore to a Los Angeles Lakers that often dominated the lowly Clippers' squads of years past.
Ultimately, the Clippers wanted to prove they were serious about a title run.
The underdog spirit that culminated that entire team made them an exciting squad to watch, but at times, their tremendous hope was stymied by tremendous inconsistency. The newly christened, "Lob City" Clippers team—despite their improvements—was still flawed and far from a legit title run.
At times, the Clippers had more style than substance.The Blake Griffin dunks and Chris Paul dimes were daily fixtures on ESPN, but as it still stands, Clippers' fans want more than highlights—they want titles.
As a new season approaches, so does a new opportunity for a Clippers' unit that has matured after tough playoff battles against the Grizzlies and Spurs. Will the Clippers' offseason additions, collective experience and talented roster be enough to seriously contend in an ultra-competitive Western Conference?
Only time will tell.
Here are three reasons why the Clippers could make a deep playoff run this season.