There was a lot of moving and shaking going on throughout the NBA this past summer, yet perhaps there's not one team where it's more evident than with the Los Angeles Clippers. While some teams around the league were busy honing the skills of their hopeful franchise players at rookie camps and summer clinics, others patiently waited as their superstar veterans took time for rest and rehabilitation; the Clippers had other ideas.
With the acquisition 13 new players during the off season, most notably point guard Baron Davis, the look and playing style of the Los Angeles Clippers takes on a completely new feel from years past, giving the franchise and optimistic view for the present and future. And there's good reason for positive buzz for the Clipper Nation, seeing how this seasons current roster has a well-rounded and diverse balance.
Other players joining Baron and the Clippers include 12 year veteran Marcus Camby, high flying 10 year wingman Ricky Davis, as well as seasoned Clipper vets, Jason Hart and big man Brian Skinner.Positive impact players for the Clippers include: 2nd year forward Al Thorton, rookie Eric Gordan, Chris Kaman, and crafty Cuttino Mobley.
The Clippers have put on several strong performances during the beginning weeks of pre-season with an impressive 3-0 record. Rookie guard Eric Gordon amazed fans as he led the Clips to a 116-112 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday October 14th. Gordon scored 33 points and led 4th quarter rally to put the his team in position for the win. Gordon was on fire from beyond the arch, hitting six three-point baskets. Fellow rookie Mike Taylor has also had an impressive NBA debut, averaging 18.3 ppg in pre-season play. Al Thorton rounds out the of the top three scorers thus far in pre-season action for the Clippers, averaging 16.5 ppg.
The newly constructed once second rated basketball team of L.A. is showing a new, and youthful approach on the game. With Baron's leadership qualities drive, and dedication, whatever tone he sets his teammates will follow, much like Sam Cassell's stint with the organization. There are nine seasoned veterans on the Clipper roster, players who've been in the league for five years or more. The Clippers also have four rookies: (g) Eric Gordon, (c) DeAndre Jordan, (f) Curtis Sumpter, and (g) Mike Taylor; all of whom have mentors there to teach and share their knowledge of the game.
Is this the beginning of a new LAC franchise? Surly truly loyal and dedicated fans anticipate and hope so, seeing how owner Donald Sterling actually spent a little cash over the warm months.