Chris Paul to Clippers: Why the Star Won't Fix the 'Other' Los Angeles Team

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Chris Paul to Clippers: Why the Star Won't Fix the 'Other' Los Angeles Team
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Chris Paul finally made it to LA.

After a week of wild speculation about where the four-time All-Star and 2006 Rookie of the Year would land, we finally have our answer. When the season starts on Christmas Day, Chris Paul will suit up for the Los Angeles Clippers.

But does this really solve all of the Clippers' problems?

Simple answer: no.

In order to get the 26-year-old point guard the Clippers sent Guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota's first-round pick in next year's draft to New Orleans.

Giving all of this up means the Clippers shot themselves in the foot. They may now have a premier one-two punch with Paul and reigning Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin, but they do not have much else.

Eric Gordon was their best perimeter scorer, and while Chris Paul can shoot from beyond the arc as well, Gordon was a pure shooter and a solid defender that was on his way to stardom.

He finally broke out as a great scorer last season, scoring upwards of 20 points per game for a career high. He also set career highs in assists, steals and rebounds.

Kaman is an underrated post player. He plays great on-ball defense, is good offensively in the post and has a solid mid-range jumper.

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In 2010 Kaman scored over 18 points a game and has shown great defense throughout his career with above-average block numbers and solid rebounding numbers.

Aminu, who's getting ready to start his second NBA season, was the Clippers' selection with the eighth pick in last year's first round.

The athletic swingman struggled in limited minutes last season, but his college career at Wake Forest suggested that he should have the potential to be an athletic forward in the NBA.

Giving up all three—combined with the Timberwolves' first-round pick —is a lot for one player no matter how good that player may be. The Clippers have effectively drained their team of role players and depth and will find themselves in serious trouble this season.

Making matters worse, the Clippers now find themselves with a four-man rotation at point guard with Paul, Chauncey Billups, Eric Bledsoe and Mo Williams. Paul, Billups and Williams are probably three of the Clippers' five best players, the other two being Griffin and Caron Butler.

In the end, the Clippers gave up too much.

It is easy to guard one perimeter player and one post player at the same time, and when Griffin is off the floor head coach Vinny Del Negro will find himself without much of a bench to keep games close.

There may be another star in Los Angeles, but there is still only one great team.

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