Through 4 games now, the Clippers are the worst scoring team in the league at 87.5 ppg. It should
definitely hopefully get better - here's a breakdown of Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Blake Griffin's scoring averages and some analysis as to what we might expect as the season goes on.
Below is a table that uses last year averages (for EJ and Kaman) to help project what scoring averages should (hopefully) normalize to as the season continues on.
First up, Eric Gordon has been great at driving to the hoop and finishing - managing to score a respectable 18.3 ppg on 46.7% shooting. Not bad considering that he's doing this while only shooting 14.3% from downtown! But what if he started making those at around 37% (i.e. what he averaged last year)? His scoring improves to 22 ppg on 54.4% shooting. Is this realistic? I'll let you decide...
Next up is Chris Kaman. Assuming he can get back to his shooting %'s from last year, he should average 17.4 ppg - down from 18.5 ppg due to less free throw attempts so far. Sounds about right?
Lastly, Mr. Blake Griffin has been atrocious from the free throw line (56.7%!) and had a few miserable games, but I project that he should finish no worse than 50% from the field...I am pleased that he's managed to attempt 14 shots per game so far despite not having many go-to moves. The real question in my mind is whether he will really average 7.5 free throw attempts per game? Maybe - he attempted 6, 5, 12 and 7 free throws. Assuming his FT% doesn't improve at all, he should still get to around 18.3 ppg - tasty!
Ok, if all three of these projections happen: Clippers will improve +10 ppg. My question to you all is what is most likely to happen this season?