Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
PG: Chris Paul
SG: J.J. Redick
SF: Jared Dudley
PF: Blake Griffin
C: DeAndre Jordan
Buzz surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers is justified by the fact that Doc Rivers' squad will now be able to stretch the floor in ways they previously could not. Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick give the Clips a trustworthy duo on the perimeter, one that should help open up a bit more space for Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to operate.
However, there's one major question surrounding the Clippers and center DeAndre Jordan, in particular.
Jordan's production on both ends of the floor has not been worthy of the big dollars L.A. bestowed upon him. In order to compete with the big boys like the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets, the Clippers will need Jordan to step up and provide an edge in the middle.
According to NBA.com's stats database, the Clippers were 6.3 points better per 100 possessions defensively when Jordan was off the floor last season. Offensively, Jordan's limitations are well-documented. Aside from lobs and second-chance opportunities, Jordan is a liability.
It's a lot to ask from a player whose athleticism is his best quality, but Jordan's fundamental execution needs to improve in order to for the Clippers to be considered legitimate title contenders.