NBA / Oct 29, 2008 / 3:25 pm

The Clippers Are Alive

Baron DavisBaron Davis (photo. Tim Tadder)

Why will this be the best season ever?

Because the Clippers are alive

When you think of basketball and Los Angeles, the first things that come to mind are Showtime, Magic, Kareem, Big Game James, Kobe, Shaq and Phil.

The Lakers are basketball in L.A., while their roommates in the Staples Center for the last nine years have been the forgotten stepchild of the city and of the League. But the era of the Clippers being irrelevant in Hollywood might be behind us.

This offseason was monumental for the Clips. L.A.-born and UCLA-bred Baron Davis returned home with a five-year, $65 million contract and is now the team’s floor general. Defensive stalwart Marcus Camby was acquired via trade from the Nuggets, and super-frosh Eric Gordon was selected seventh overall in the ’08 draft.

Along with vets Cuttino Mobley, Tim Thomas, Ricky Davis and young impact players Al Thornton and Chris Kaman, the Clips have the personnel to make some noise — not only in the Staples Center, but in the Western Conference playoff race.

Do you think the new-look Clippers are postseason material?

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  • nick

    if baron and camby can play more then 70 gms, the answer is yes if not lottery pick.

  • jlinks

    I gotta see it to believe it. Loosing Elton and Corey was big, they still have to blend together as a unit. I hope so bcus im a big Baron fan. Tonight big brother plays lil brother, watch and see!!

  • j from la

    NO!!!!!!!!!!

  • dagwaller

    I think that this team has a lot of quality veterans (Cuttino Mobley and Chris Kaman to go along with Baron and Camby) along with a great mix of youth that I’m a big fan of (Eric Gordon and Al Thornton being standouts).

    However, the two things that I’m most excited about are A.) the perception that the Clippers are now a quality team (started a couple years ago), and B.) that Daniel Sterling has finally joined the ranks of “owners that actually give a crap about their teams”. Now if only Robert Sarver would follow suit…

  • dagwaller

    (Although the Brand defection is a black eye)

  • yallallreadyknow

    they needed elton. without him, they dont have much of an offensive presence inside. after acquiring camby, they should have waited the 30 day minimum and traded him to atlanta for josh smith via sign-n-trade.

    any team with tim thomas AND ricky davis is destined for doom in my eyes. baron aint the probelm, he’ll be solid and play 75 games this season. but…where is the help going to come from? and in a division with the lakers, suns and blazers?

    i dunno. looks like another lotto land campaign.

    and what is going on in their front office? did mike dunleavy give elgin baylor the stiff arm?

  • Drink the Haterade (KB24 Chip 09)

    few problems with their roster

    Tim Thomas hasn’t done anything since hitting a few threes against Luke Walton

    Ricky Buckets is a ball hog and a team cancer

    Baron and Marcus are always injured

    Their coach has never won

    They lost their best two players and I would much rather have Elton then Baron

    Donald Sterling is still the owner.

    Does anyone see a pattern?

  • doc

    naw

  • The Real Tyrone

    The Clippers are not a good team y’all. People always get it twisted just because Boom Dizzle’s there.

    True thugs never lie.
    Tyrone

  • webbie352

    probably end up on the outside looking in.

  • Coop

    I think they’ll struggle in the West. I don’t think they’ll be too far off but 8th seed is a stretch imo; Camby is a walking DNP, Baron is fat and might join Camby, Kaman is up and down like a yo-yo, and the rest are aging badly (apart from Thornton and Gordon, obviously).
    The definitely have the firepower to light opponents up from the perimeter and defend inside but if there’s anything certain in life it’s this: if something looks good on paper for the Clips, it’s look worse on the court.

  • http://nbaroundtable.wordpress.com/ Dave

    I think they’ll miss out, but they should put up a good fight for a playoff spot.

    Lot of youth there, their performances will decide how serious a challenge the Clips are able to make.

  • deegee

    4th in their division. Tops.

  • YGB

    @Doc you mad cause you couldn’t make their roster?

  • LakeShow84

    What about the cancers Ricky D and Timmy T?

    Nah i think the Clippers may do better than the Warriors but noise in this west?? i think the top seven will be 50 game winners once again..

    And aint no way Baron Davis ever made THAT much of a difference to deliver such a thing.. He revived the warriors but the warriors already had J-Rich, Biedrins, Monte, Sjack, etc.. a good youth movement and Bdizzle ignited that.. bring in Don Nelson and that was the perfect scenario.. until they dumped J-Rich.. WOW

    But hes a bad man and he alone will steal a couple of games.. But once that old Charlotte Hornets feeling hits his stomach who knows what injury he might “pop” up with..

  • Three Stacks

    Clippers aren’t gonna make the playoffs, but they’re gonna be better than a lotta people think. They got a solid nucleus, and in a league bereft of size, they got two legit centers. Thornton (my favorite fantasy sleeper) was the steal of last year’s draft, and Eric Gordon is gonna be the 3rd or 4th best player from this yr’s draft when it’s all said and done.

    But the Clippers aren’t trying to make the playoffs, they’re trying to fill the seats. And in LA, having a couple of marquee names like Boom Dizzle and Camby will be enticing enough. LA is still and always will be a Laker town, but the Clippers got people talking around here. I’m sure Sterling is happy with that.

    Imagine if they’d taken Danny Granger in ’05 instead of Korolev. Damn.

  • dagwaller

    With Baron, Kaman, and Camby at the 1, 4, and 5 positions, they have top-flight talent. Thornton is already a good player; this year, he could make the transition to very good. SG? Who cares, since they already have proven scorers in Boom, Thornton, and Kaman. And the defense with Kaman and Camby anchoring it will be tough.

    I can definitely see them making noise in the playoffs. Not a guarantee, but there are some people KILLING them in the forums here.

  • Drink the Haterade (KB24 Chip 09)

    Since when did Kaman become a proven scorer? Did anyone see him in the Olympics

  • fallinup

    I have to admit. The clips front line is interesting. Kaman and Camby could be something fierce, especially seeing Camby as the PF. There are alot of gunners on that squad, and it’s Baron’s job to lead this team and keep it clicking….thats a tough job with Thomas and Davis on the team together.

    Leadership, injuries, and a whole lotta heart can get em to the 7-8 spot in the playoffs. But the road is steep and we are still just talking about the L.A. Clippers here. Sterling and Dunleavy will find some way to screw up the team.

  • LakeShow84

    I dont even think Kamans top five center material

  • LakeShow84

    And Camby’s defense isnt even dominant.. Hes got good reflexes for clean up blocks, thats all.. He cant guard man on man..
    And how you going to have a PF with no real reliable post moves?

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    Drink and Lakeshow, Kaman went for 15.7 and 12.7 last year to go along with 2.8 bpg. He had solid percentages, too. How many other elite centers are there? Yao, Dwight, Shaq every third game, Tyson Chandler (but ONLY if CP is throwing him lobs), and Camby? Emeka and Bogut? Don’t give me Bynum or Oden. I’m not saying that Kaman will set the world on fire, I’m just saying that he’s very underrated.

    Besides, he’s got balls of steel.