Locked into the No. 3 seed out West, the Los Angeles Clippers can credit their sound coaching and tremendous talent for their success this season.
Lob City is just one of a handful of teams with two players that should get MVP third-vote considerations in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Late-season additions of Glen Davis and Danny Granger have made this squad even deeper.
Despite major players like Paul, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick all missing extended periods of time, Los Angeles has not skipped a beat. The team looks poised for a second consecutive Pacific Division crown and home-court advantage in at least the first round of the postseason.
Since the turn of the calendar year, Lob City has been trouncing opponents. The team's 112.2 offensive rating is the highest in the league, while the defense has remained among the stingiest top 10.
Until recently, the Clippers had the best point differential in the entire league, before getting passed by the machine precision of the San Antonio Spurs. Frankly, this is the best Lob City has looked since CP3 bolted New Orleans for Hollywood.
So how has the Clips’ personnel enabled their success? Do some players deserve more credit than others? Who has underachieved this season?
Let’s rank the top 10 Clippers of the 2013-14 season. We will take into account their entire season in Los Angeles while also evaluating recent performances and expectations for the playoffs.