Ian and Tony Take On the NBA, Part 8

by Ian Kollar

ioxjye9im9phdgfyfxvj1xb7110. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (Last year’s record: 19-63)

Blake Griffin, once he finally gets out onto the court, will make this team less unbearable to watch. Second-year shooting guard Eric Gordon has improved steadily but is also dealing with injuries, while no one can ever be sure the likes of Baron Davis and Marcus Camby can make it through 82 games without falling apart. Still, a team with this many question marks might still be better than the bottom-feeders of the West in 2009-10 because they have actual talent.

act_eric_gordonNo, Ricky Davis and Sebastian Telfair don’t count. Nor does coach/GM Mike Dunleavy.

Aside from the walking wounded I already mentioned, Craig Smith brings great energy to the frontcourt, Al Thornton can score in a variety of ways (though he is best served off the bench), Rasual Butler can shoot and play both swing spots and Chris Kaman, whether anyone wants to believe it or not, is playing like a top 5 center so far despite his gross amount of turnovers. Once Griffin and Gordon are healthy (hopefully at the same time), I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team string together a near-.500 record with them on the court. The problem, though, is that they may be 10 games under .500 before that happens.   Continue reading “Ian and Tony Take On the NBA, Part 8”