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In the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, conducted before the start of the season, the general public is unsurprisingly less than bullish on the Clippers’ prospects. When asked which team will win the Western Conference this year, only four percent of responders picked the Clippers. To put that in context, with 15 teams in the conference, each squad would have a greater than six percent chance of winning the West if the champ were picked out of a hat; the Clippers instead are below random chance.
The odds would theoretically be better for the Clippers after their opener, as they acquitted themselves quite well without Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum, and Serge Ibaka — even in a loss.
The survey’s awards predictions also don’t look too kindly on the Clippers. Luka Dončić is the MVP favorite with 23 percent of the vote, followed by two-time MVP and reigning champ Giannis Antetokounmpo with 20 percent. Perhaps the 11 percent of voters who selected “other” were thinking of Paul George.
Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 pick for the Detroit Pistons, is the favorite for Rookie of the Year with 31 percent of the vote. It doesn’t appear that any Clippers rookies will be in the rotation for the foreseeable future, so Brandon Boston Jr.’s exclusion is entirely justified.
The award that could potentially be on the horizon for the Clippers is Sixth Man of the Year. If opening night was any indication, Terance Mann will be a devastating force off the bench. Mann led the Clippers in minutes last night despite not starting and helped change the complexion of the game with his defense.
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