Forgive me for saying this, but did the Los Angeles Clippers get better after the trade? The starting five before: Chauncey Billups, Eric Gordon, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan. After: Paul, Billups, Butler, Griffin, Jordan.
Chauncey Billups has always been a pure point man, never a combo-guard. How will he adjust to playing off the ball for the first time in his career? Plus, you lose great big-man depth in Chris Kaman. Before the trade, I thought the Clippers had the most complete six-man rotation in the NBA. After? There are some questions.
The Clippers certainly did not get worse, I am just playing devil's advocate here. Paul obviously is a dream for Griffin and Jordan to play with ("lob city!"), but Gordon did have 25 points per game potential as a true shooting guard. One other thing to consider: three of the Clippers' starting five have surgically repaired knees. I do not mean to be a pessimist, but these are the Clippers, one of sports' "cursed" franchises.
OK, now that I am done drinking the hater-ade, here is what Clippers fans have to look forward to: One of the most exciting and dangerous teams in the NBA. Griffin has a serious chance to average 25 points and 15 rebounds per game. As long as he has worked on his game (see: jump shot) in the offseason, the 25 points will come easily.
Defensively Griffin has not even begun to scratch the surface. Once he gets some awareness, he will add a block per game to last year's average just by showing up. I like this team, but they have to figure some things out, namely the fact that they have four point guards and zero true shooting guards on their roster.