The Los Angeles Clippers won a franchise-record 56 games and had the NBA’s third best scoring differential last season. Then after taking a 2-0 lead on Memphis, they proceeded to lose four straight, making an unexpected and disappointing first-round exit.
Which begs the question – were last season’s Clippers the regular season contender or the postseason pretender?
The team did not rest on its regular-season laurels during the offseason, adding a coach with a championship ring in Doc Rivers, a new set of starting wings and – most importantly – re-signing Chris Paul for another five years. With J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley joining the roster, the Clippers added great shooters who should help space the floor for Blake Griffin and give Paul plenty of passing options when he breaks down defenses.