When it comes to the business of basketball, hypothetical is 20/20. Hindsight is simply a phase where a NBA coach or GM reflects after they clean out their offices and are escorted off the premises by a man was a uniform. It’s early in the NBA preseason and the Los Angeleles Clippers look like a solid playoff team. But what if they’re 30 games into the season and are a handful of games out of the top spot of the Western Conference?
The Clippers put a beat down on the Utah Jazz as if it were the players’ fault that the Jazz played in Utah. Center DeAndre Jordan dominated the paint and added 14 points along with many of defensive highlights. The Clippers got an unexpected 14 points from their power forward. Byron Mullen‘s size and shooting touch clears space for Jordan to bully the boards and initiate an uptempo offense.
Blake Griffin, the Clippers’ … second-best player, had a solid game. Yet, one thing has stood out. He’s still hesitant to shoot the ball, no matter how open he is. Griffin reported to camp in the best shape in his life. Yet for what he lost in body fat, he obviously didn’t gain in confidence when it comes to an open shot. Griffin would later leave the court with a sore knee, an injury he sustained earlier in the week, making offseason optimism on Griffin a tough sell.
If we’re seeing the best of Griffin, it may be time to see how much the Clippers can get for him.
By no means does Griffin look unprepared, out of shape, or less talented than anyone on the team. That said, dunks are still only worth two points. Meanwhile, there’s an All-Star in Indiana by the name of Danny Granger that is no longer the best player on his team due the emergence of the Indiana Pacers‘ Paul George.
Granger would give the Clippers the size and flexibility they were hoping they would get from former Clipper Lamar Odom, with a better outside shot and less off-court issues with the Kardashians.