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9. Los Angeles Clippers | Future Power Rating: 567. It appears the Clippers may become good in...

9. Los Angeles Clippers | Future Power Rating: 567. It appears the Clippers may become good in spite of themselves. L.A. moved five spots north to No. 9 in our future power poll, based mostly on the spectacular exploits of rookie Blake Griffin. With a fantastic rookie power forward and a few other strong young players -- shooting guard Eric Gordon, center DeAndre Jordan, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and point guard Eric Bledsoe -- the Clips have a solid base on which to build success. They also have plentiful salary-cap space in future seasons thanks to the midseason trade of Baron Davis, and Los Angeles is a major lure to potential free agents. Finally, they own a completely unprotected 2012 pick from the lowly Timberwolves. With all these assets, you'd think the Clippers couldn't possibly screw this up. And with any other team you'd be right. But the lingering fear remains that the Clippers will somehow find a way to botch a near-perfect setup. We rated L.A. 27th in the Management category, and that might have been kind. Owner Donald Sterling is the worst in all of sports -- a cheapskate who heckles his own players, can't hire a good coach because of his history of not paying his employees, and has interfered to block countless transactions. Unheralded GM Neil Olshey did well to dump Davis' contract, but he has several more difficult battles ahead of him as he tries to build around Griffin. The scary thing is that Griffin and Gordon are so good it may not matter. As long as the Clippers extend those two players -- a no-brainer, one would think, but never assume anything with this franchise -- L.A.'s other team seems set as a playoff regular. (Previous rank: 15)

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