The Los Angeles Clippers
will go as far as Blake Griffin
will take them; there, I've said it and I'm not sorry or ashamed. There is a general consensus in the Los Angeles media and among many fans that Chris Paul
is the "1A" type player on the Clippers and that Griffin is the "1B" player, but the respective players' past history and future potential belie that thinking. Right now Paul is the best player on the Clippers, but the future could and should say otherwise.
In no way do I intend to besmirch Paul as a player or his importance to the Clippers. He is without doubt among the top two or three point guards in the NBA, and it was imperative that the Clippers resign him if they wanted to have any chance of eventually becoming NBA champion, but he is not the key to them eventually becoming champion. He has only led one team to a championship, a national under 17 AAU team, but no other team that he has played on has ever advanced past the semi-finals--this includes high school, college or pro. Nor is he going to get considerably better than he is at present; he is what he is, among the best at his position in the league, but not able to lead a team to a championship without considerable help.
Griffin, on the other hand, represents almost unlimited potential. He is the second most athletically gifted big man in the NBA (we all know who is number one), and anyone who has seen him play knows that he gives maximum effort on the court and is hungry to be the best player that he can be. His championship qualities were affirmed at Oklahoma Christian School, which he helped lead to four Oklahoma state high school championships. How good can Griffin become? I do not know, but if doesn't get injured, I fully expect the eventual growth in his playing ability to be a thing to behold.
Yes, I'll say it again. The Clippers will go as far as Blake Griffin takes them.