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Clipper Season Outlook: Because they were one of the worst teams in the league last season -- one...

Clipper Season Outlook: Because they were one of the worst teams in the league last season -- one that was even worse than their record indicated -- it's easy to project the Clippers adding a Rookie-of-the-Year-caliber season from Griffin and still landing near the bottom of the Western Conference heap. While some of the other names and faces changed, Griffin is the only substantive difference between this season's crew and last season's. L.A. is likely to have a decent bench, especially in the frontcourt, but the health of Kaman and Davis will again be question marks and the starting small forward job is very much up for grabs. Additionally, questions loom about Del Negro's ability to command an NBA team. But perhaps the biggest knock against L.A. is that it will be working against management rather than with it. If the Clips need another player to make a playoff push, it's unlikely they'll get the dollars to do it. If a game-breaking trade appears on the horizon, it's even more unlikely they'll be the ones to seize it. Instead, they'll trudge into the lottery and try convincing everyone that they're just a year or two away from contending ... just like they've been for the past three decades. Prediction: 27-55, 5th in Pacific Division, 14th in Western Conference

John Hollinger, Espn Insider
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