5 Los Angeles Clippers Players To Watch In 2013-14
Los Angeles Clippers: Who To Watch
The Los Angeles Clippers have been an up-and-coming NBA team for the last few years. They've built their team around young superstars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Both are talented All-Stars, but this season they need to step up and prove that they are ready to lead a contender.
In addition to Griffin and Paul, the Clippers have a solid core to help them out. They have a group of spot-up shooters and other scorers to take the pressure off their two superstars, including DeAndre Jordan, who is quickly becoming one of the better big men in the league.
In order to help them out, the Clippers brought in Doc Rivers to be the new head coach. A former player with championship coaching experience, Rivers is exactly the guy Los Angeles needs to get the most out of their already talented roster.
Coaching in the NBA is mostly about respect. You need the players to respect you so that you can get multi-millionaires to focus on winning basketball games. Rivers is one of the few men on the planet who walks into any locker room and already carries that kind of respect from the players.
This 2013-14 season is going to be an interesting one for the Clippers. You can only be a team on the rise for so long, and at some point you need to put it all together and have real success. This is the year that the Clippers need to prove they’re a true championship contender.
If there is anything we know for sure about them this year, it’s that they will be one of the most entertaining teams to watch this year. Check out the top five Clippers to watch this season.
5. Jamal Crawford
Always exciting to watch, Jamal Crawford gives the Clippers instant offense coming off the bench.
4. J.J. Redick
One thing the Clippers have been missing the last few years is a spot-up shooter to take advantage of the space that the two-man game Griffin and Paul provide. J.J. Redick might not do much well, but he can shoot.
3. DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan is on his way to being one of the NBA's elite big men. His defense is top-notch and his highlight dunks have made him a household name. If he can find some consistency in his offensive game, he'll be an All-Star before we know it.
2. Chris Paul
Chris Paul is at the top of the list when it comes to NBA point guards, but he needs to prove that he can deliver when it matters most. This is the year he, and the Clippers, prove they deserve to be talked about as a true contender.
1. Blake Griffin
This is a big year for Blake Griffin. The Clippers are hoping he's a true franchise player, but the former No. 1 overall pick will need to lead them deep into the playoffs if he wants to quiet the voices calling him soft.