Despite the real coaching and bench improvements, the LA Clippers will still only go as far as Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
The LA Clippers never cease to entertain, but did a successful offseason infuse more substance to their style?
J.J. Redick, Jared Dudley, Byron Mullens, Darren Collison, Antawn Jamison and Reggie Bullock will all make an already deep supporting cast that much more dangerous. Yet, when push comes to shove, can the Clippers get five players together who will clinch meaningful playoff victories?
New coach Doc Rivers brings the reputation and acumen to answer affirmatively, but he also must reach and teach Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to be great. Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford can't carry this team without Griffin and Jordan being credible two-way stars on a consistent basis.
Even as the Clippers got noticeably better, so too did the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. What's more, the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder don't figure to disappear any time either.
The West will still be a very wild place, and the Clippers must make serious in-roads this season to ever be counted among the elite.
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We look at the best and worst of the Clippers' offseason, along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also detail LA's keys to a successful year while predicting its final position in the standings.