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NBA Podcast: 2013-14 LA Clippers Season Preview

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21:  Chris Paul #3, Blake Griffin #32 and DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers react to a foul during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on February 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorOctober 16, 2016

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.

NBA Featured Columnist Adam Fromal joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association. 

(If the embedded player fails to load, you can find the full episode here.)

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.

 

Want more team-by-team NBA season previews? Find the latest here. Basketball by Association cast members and pro-hoops analysis can be found at Bleacher Report's Court Vision blog.

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