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Hollinger Clipper Prediction

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I was wondering why no one had posted this yet, then realized that not a lot of people have insider. So I guess I'll give a summary of what he wrote (btw I'm pretty sure these are very human-based, as opposed to the weird wins-produced predictions from the basketball-reference blog) 2008-09 recap: He says the perimeter players (outside of Gordon) were crap and although the frontcourt was devastated by injuries, Jordan had a "solid rookie season" and Novak "established himself as a rotation player". Clips were only team in NBA in the top ten in TO rate and bottom ten in FT rate. Clips had worst FG% and worst TS %, leading to the worst offensive efficiency in the NBA. Defensively, they were 26th. Offseason moves: Griffin "should give them an All-Star-caliber performer at the power forward spot for the next decade or so." Randolph for Richardson "was the best trade of the offseason." Biggest Strength: Frontcourt Depth "The possibilities are endless for mixing and matching..." Biggest Weakness: Small Forward "With Baron Davis, Gordon, Griffin and Camby, the Clippers have four-fifths of a superb starting lineup, but it remains to be seen what they'll get from the 3 spot this season. Last year's starter, Thornton, was second on the team in scoring at 16.8 points per game, but it was an empty 16.8 -- his PER of 12.7 was basically identical to his rookie mark, and he made the same frustrating mistakes in his defense and shot selection...The next alternative, Butler, is a fine role player but not somebody you'd be excited to have playing 40 minutes a night...they'll ride it out with Thornton this year and cross their fingers that it works out." Outlook: "As a result, the Clippers may find themselves back in familiar territory -- albeit one year later than they expected -- as one of several contenders in the West for the conference's final playoff spot...Ultimately, however, too many question marks remain to comfortably place the Clippers in the conference's top eight...The Clips may not be a playoff team yet, but with a rising star in the frontcourt and a wad of cap space to build around him, they're finally headed in the right direction." "34-48, 4th place in Pacific Division, 12th in Western Conference" (note: Warriors 35-47, Suns 40-42, Thunder 36-46, Rockets 37-45.)

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