The last few days has started shift in the clippers plans. No longer are the clippers a cagey mix of mostly veterans and some youth, such as they were in 08-09 and 09-10 with veterans (Baron, Camby, Kaman) making up the majority the starting lineup with EJ, Thornton serving as the youth in the starting lineup. The trend is now reversing to where in the near future the youth will start to out number the old. With the addition of Griffin into the starting lineup the balance has already shifted, and with Aminu set to be eased into the starting lineup or be set as a key 6th man the balance only further continue to shift towards youth. When you add in the potential of DJ's emergence as key reserve, plus the addition of backup PG Bledsoe (and possibly WW and big Sofo) the trend just becomes even more apparent.
The last time I recall such youth was the good ole days with Maggs, EB, Q Rich, Miles, and Odom. When the team really had fun playing together and was a treat for the fans. This team played with such enthusiasm that it briefly fought back the old "It's the Clippers" adage. While this new youthful team doesn't quite match the rambunctiousness of that team they will certainly match it's ability to play with effort and heart.
This new youth, IMO will also most likely be better, because the talent is better. For all it's youth the old youth team (bit of an oxymoron) were limited in what they could do. EB and yet to utilize his jumper, Maggs was limited to driving to the hoop, Q Rich was mostly just a great shooter, and Odom could not fully realize his potential. Contrast this with the new youth: in Griffin you have physically strong player with high BBIQ (yum) great handles, and a developing jumper, Gordon has great defensive ability, can score efficiently, and can hit an open shot from anywhere on the floor. And now with the new addition of AFA who has already shown great defensive skill and rebounding ability, and Bledsoe who has shown to be able to drive to the hoop effectively as well as shoot.
This new youth also has one luxury that old one didn't, and that is the luxury of an all star point guard in Baron Davis. While the old teams solution was to bring in Andre Miller, however Miller was chemistry killer which effectively killed the mojo that the team generated. The great thing about Baron is he fits in with this new youth both on the court and off. On the court he will finally have capable receivers for his crazy passes, and will get open looks for team mates with his dribble penetration. Off the court, Baron is still very youthful to say the least. I see Baron Davis becoming our Steve Nash off the court and becoming almost like a ring leader to the shenanigans that are sure to come. Off course this off the court demeanor will only continue if the clippers begin to win games, which is never a guarantee here in clipper land. But hay, even if we don't win this team seems like it will at least try on the court , which is much more then I could say about some years.