With the season winding down, I was really looking forward to seeing a healthy Clipper team playing the role of spoiler in the Western Conference. I figured, being the optimistic fan that I am, that the playoff bound teams that had laughers against us earlier this season would be quaking in their Nikes at having to play the full-strength Clips this late in the season when getting in the playoffs and their subsequent positioning could come down to precious wins and losses...and the now mighty Clips positioned to tear their hearts out and knock one of them out of the race. Hmm. Not going to happen, I guess. What else to look forward to...? The rookie of the year race is almost a foregone conclusion that the award WILL NOT be given to EJ due mostly to his late season slump. Being the optimistic fan that I am, I guess I could look forward to maybe EJ making a better impression against these same playoff bound teams than he did earlier in the season when he seemed to disappear . Yeah, I know these teams are playoff bound because they know to key in on players like EJ but the truly special players still have a strong game here and there against these teams. Oh well. I guess the only thing guaranteed is that we will have one of the three worst records in the league at the end of the season. We'll likely land 2nd, which is horrible for three reasons: 1) we have a losing record against the team with THE WORST RECORD in the league (the Sacramento Kings) and 2) because we'll have the 2nd worst record, we don't have the inside track at getting the #1 pick in the draft. 3) This draft is so shallow that likely only the #1 pick will make an impact in the NBA. So, assuming that the Clippers do end up with the number 2 pick, who should the Clips get? I know I've posed this question before...but now we have the benefit of the having watched these players in the tournament. Griffin will clearly be the #1 overall pick, so the question is who should go next with (likely) the Clippers' pick? During our last go around, there was a lot of votes for Harden, DeRozan, and Jennings. I've personally sung the praises of Harden and Monroe. Harden was all but a non-factor during the tournament and even prior to it with the loss to USC. Monroe's team didn't even make the tournament and he'll hopefully do the smart thing and stay in school one more year. So what do you guys think...?