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2012/13 SEASON ROSTER
NUM
PLAYER
POS
HT
22
F
6-7
1
G
6-3
12
G
6-1
5
G-F
6-7
11
G
6-5
34
G
6-3
32
F
6-10
33
F
6-8
15
C
7-0
6
C
6-11
23
G
6-4
7
F
6-10
3
G
6-0
9
F
6-10
21
C
6-10

Los Angeles Clippers        

ADDITIONS:
Matt Barnes (Los Angeles Lakers), Jamal Crawford (Portland), Willie Green (Atlanta), Grant Hill (Phoenix), Ryan Hollins (Boston), Lamar Odom (Phoenix) and Ronny Turiaf (New York).

SUBTRACTIONS:
Reggie Evans (Brooklyn), Randy Foye (Utah), Ryan Gomes, Kenyon Martin, Bobby Simmons, Maurice Williams (Utah) and Nick Young (Philadelphia).

STRENGTHS:
The Clippers may have the top point guard and power forward in the game ... Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are a devastating combo ... Terrific pick-and-roll with Paul's playmaking and Griffin's ability to finish at the rim ... Ultra-athletic frontcourt with Griffin and DeAndre Jordan ... The team will be an alley-oop machine again ... Outstanding depth ... Heralded NBA veterans like Grant Hill, Lamar Odom and Chauncey Billups will come off the bench ... Billups and the up-and-coming Eric Bledsoe would start for some teams in the league at the point guard position, but will have to fight for minutes here ... Strong rebounding team ... Some untapped potential defensively ... Hill brings another respected presence to the locker room.

WEAKNESSES:
Coaching ... Vinny Del Negro has yet to prove he's a legit NBA head coach ... With a team so deep, his work with rotations will be key ... Some mercurial personalities in the locker room ... Aside from Paul and Eric Bledsoe, all the relevant perimeter players are over 31 ... Jordan doesn't pose an offensive threat, making it easier for opponents to load up on Griffin, who doesn't possess the most polished offense himself ... Griffin still relies too much on athleticism, which makes injuries more likely ... Very bad free-throw shooting squad ... They were 29th in the league in 2012-13 in that department.

PROJECTION:
2nd in the Pacific Division / 4th in the Western Conference

PROJECTED STARTERS
PG: Chris Paul Allen Iverson SG: Jamal Crawford Andrei Kirilenko SF: Caron Butler
If he's not the best, Paul is going to be in the discussion for top PG in the NBA. Will be among the leaders in assists and steals. A volume shooter that comes off a disappointing season with the Blazers. If he's not scoring, Crawford will not give you much. Solid veteran whose scoring went down for a third consecutive time last year. Will compete for minutes with Hill and Barnes.
Yi Jianlian PF: Blake Griffin C: DeAndre Jordan Sixth: Grant Hill
The best dunker in the NBA. A 20 and 10 guy. Must take another step. Low-post game and defense need improvement. Extremely long and athletic. Great shot blocker. Offensive game is almost non-existent. Terrible free-throw shooter. Still going strong at 40. Will not score as much as he used to, but does a great job on the defensive end. Solid pickup.