5 Reasons Why Los Angeles Clippers Will Win the 2013-14 NBA Title

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5 Reasons Why Los Angeles Clippers Will Win the 2013-14 NBA Title

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With an exciting offseason of additions for the Los Angeles Clippers, there is renewed optimism that the team will finally reach their lofty championship aspirations that were sparked when Chris Paul joined the team on December 11, 2011.

If the city of Los Angeles is one that values the glitz, glamor and bright lights that come with Hollywood and its celebrities, the past two seasons have seen the basketball equivalent take place in Staples Center as Lob City has taken the league by storm. With Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Paul playing leading roles over that time, highlights have been made, rims have been broken and the Brandon Knights of the world have been victims of the movement that swept through the sport.

Unfortunately, once the games began to matter, a lack of foundational substance has gotten the best of the Clippers. As a result, an embarrassing display in the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs two seasons ago and a horrific collapse against the Memphis Grizzlies last season after taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the series have finally woken up Clippers management this offseason to address dire needs of the team.

Be it as it may, the Clippers still possess more than enough talent, experience and intangibles to make it out of the Western Conference and into the NBA Finals in the 2013-14 season. With that, here are the five reasons that the Clippers are confident will fuel them in their climb towards championship glory.

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5. Doc Rivers

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Although Vinny Del Negro was a very serviceable coach and probably will one day lead a team to success, the Clippers are only worried about the present. And at present, he is not a coach that will be able to lead the Clippers' collection of players to an NBA championship.

Over the past two seasons, it was evident that he was one of the standout chinks in the Clippers' armor as Gregg Popovich ran circles around him on the chalkboard while his inability to adjust to the style of the Memphis Grizzlies once they started to turn up the defensive pressure and game-plan around eliminating Blake Griffin as a factor in their series served as the nail in the coffin in their 2012-13 playoff run. In Doc Rivers, they just might have the answer to their prayers.

With Rivers, the Clippers suddenly have one of the best motivators in the game today and one with more than enough playoff experience and know-how to answer the call in any pressure packed circumstance. Alongside Chris Paul, his extension on the floor, the two great minds will undoubtedly do better than one and will look to lead a talented roster to the potential that has thus far been squandered over the past two seasons.

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4. Improved Outside Shooting

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In New Orleans, Chris Paul excelled with a similar roster makeup, save for one crucial hole that exists on the Clippers' roster. Whereas the Hornets possessed the outside shooting that forced defenses to stay honest and allowed Paul the lanes on offense to play at his most effective, the Clippers simply lacked the consistent knockdown jump shooters over the past few seasons to consistently make Paul's job an easier one.

Alongside the already present Jamal Crawford and Willie Green, the additions of sharpshooters Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick finally give the Clippers an ample amount of players who can effectively space the floor on offense.

It is this element of the new-look Clippers that will undoubtedly lead to more room with which to play the pick and roll, create lanes for penetration, and probably set up a few more lobs to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordanas well.

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3. Great Bench

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Last season, the group of Matt Barnes, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom, Ronny Turiaf and Ryan Hollins basically ran opposing benches out of the gym.

With Darren Collison, Antawn Jamison, Byron Mullens and Reggie Bullock joining that bench mob, that element of the team should once again be one of its strongest this upcoming season. At the end of the day, depth lets your starters play with a fresher set of legs when games start being played in May, and the Clippers are looking to enter the fray with well rested ones.

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2. Growth of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan

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Highlights aside, the development of the two youngest Clippers stars has left much to be desired. With post games that have stagnated in development in recent seasons and enough air-balled free throws to make Ben Wallace look like Ray Allen, it's easy to see why the Clippers fan base holds some frustration over the talented but seemingly unresponsive young duo.

With Doc Rivers at the helm, the expectation is that at the very least, both will begin to use their elite athleticism to become absolute terrors on the defensive side of the basketball court. The pair have already proven they can rebound at an effective rate in the NBA, but it remains to be seen if they can become the kind of factors that deters or creates hesitation in the mind of an opposing player wishing to take the ball to the basket.

It is still the biggest question mark of the 2013-14 Clippers squad, but one that could be the most crucial to prospective success of the team.

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1. Chris Paul

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With Chris Paul, the Clippers possess not only the best player at his position and a player clearly in the elite echelon among NBA players, but also one of the fiercest competitors in the league.

The 2013-14 Clippers are like a giant collection of instruments waiting for their big performance in front of a packed house. In Paul, they have one of the best conductors the league has to offer. For them to have any hope of being crowned champions this season they'll need him at his best.

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