After years of devastation and disappointment, it seemed as if nothing could pull the Los Angeles Clippers out of the black hole it was sucked into for so long. However, that was until Blake Griffin burst onto the scene (after recovering from his knee surgery that is.)
While Clippers fans were cautiously optimistic about just how effective their potential young star would be, he did not disappoint. He posted stellar averages of 22.5 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 3.8 APG along with 214 dunks, each one more electrifying than the last. Those numbers have catapulted him to be the favorite for Rookie of the Year Award, along with high consideration for Comeback Player of the Year as well.
Griffin's play has been contagious this past season, getting the Clippers to be one of the most watched teams in the NBA. With an already young core of DeAndre Jordan, Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, Mo Williams and some solid veteran players like Chris Kaman to complement the high-flying Griffin, they are poised to come out of the cellar and become a dangerous team.
However, they will need to make several moves to really contend for an NBA title as they are a young team, which could use more veteran leadership, depth, and lineup versatility which will make them a hard team to game plan for.
While the upcoming moves may surprise you, realize these are the moves I feel that they need to make to contend for an NBA title, regardless of what Donald Sterling is willing to spend. Also understand that the following moves are not ranked in order of importance of players they should go after, but instead comprise what I believe would make them the best team, within the structure of the current collective bargaining agreement and also assuming that there is no lockout next season.
Although, not all of the following players are big names they are all needed in order to maximize the Clippers chances of winning an NBA championship. The following combined youth, experience and talent would create one of the deepest most intriguing rosters in the NBA. Although not exactly, the hypothetical team follows Sam Presti's Oklahoma City Thunder model, which has become the gold standard of how to build a team correctly and take it to the top.