Despite winning 56 games and reaching the postseason for a franchise-record fourth consecutive year, it was painfully evident throughout last season that the Los Angeles Clippers' lack of depth would likely come back and haunt them in the end. And, as we helplessly watched them blow a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets, that's exactly what transpired.
Even though the team entered this offseason with very little financial wiggle room, Doc Rivers has managed to piece together a team that looks (on paper, at least) even more formidable than last year's group. A bench consisting of Josh Smith, Lance Stephenson (good version, hopefully), Wesley Johnson, Pablo Prigioni and Cole Aldrich trumps last year's group of reserves. Retaining DeAndre Jordan, adding Paul Pierce and jettisoning Spencer Hawes, his contract and man-bun into the sun were all key moves, as well. Plenty of question marks remain, but if all goes well, LAC should find themselves right in the thick of things in the brutal Western Conference come playoff time.
But what about those question marks? Are the Clippers going to be getting Indiana Lance Stephenson? Or Charlotte Lance Stephenson? The guard was dreadful with the Hornets last season (he shot 17% from three!) just one year removed from being one of the key cogs on the excellent 2013-14 Pacers team.
Is the backup point guard combination of Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni strong enough to help ease the burden on Chris Paul?
Is Cole Aldrich any better than the other reserve bigs the Clips have run out there for the last couple of seasons?
Is the reported off-court tumult going to affect the team's on-court performance?
Will the Clips' relative lack of appealing trade chips hinder their ability to improve the roster in-season?
Every team has its weaknesses, of course, but what should be the Clippers' chief concern heading into this season? Vote in the poll and/or let us know in the comments.