Matt Barnes is officially an L.A. Clipper! Why is that?! This Clippers team is going to scare me than the L.A. Lakers. They have Lamar Odom, Grant Hill, and now Matt Barnes, three veteran players who know how to help their team win. Most of all, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan are leading the way for Lob City. Do you see that dude Blake Griffin on television? He’s huge. Some guy I was reading a news article on says Blake Griffin looks like a football linebacker. He does look qualified and he has the body and physique to be a football linebacker. However, Griffin is a professional NBA basketball player and he is a big dude and I wouldn’t want to be messing with someone who could mash my brains out. Having a recent acquisition like Jamal Crawford from the Portland Trail Blazers would definitely help out the L.A. Clippers. Ronny Turiaf, Ryan Hollins, and Willie Green are also recent acquisitions brought to the Clippers via trade and this could be a dangerous team to watch out for, besides the L.A. Lakers.
Nothing much has changed about the Indiana Pacers, although they have recently acquired D.J. Augustin from the Charlotte Bobcats and Ian Mahinmi. How well will they play after last season’s finish against the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA playoffs? Will Danny Granger get any better? Will Roy Hibbert try and be a better offensive and defensive force?
If you’ve read my previous basketball posts, I am really excited by what the L.A. Clippers have done this summer. They have added Lamar Odom and Grant Hill and acquired Ryan Hollins, Jamal Crawford, and Willie Green. They really can’t and won’t do any harm for them this season, although I regret saying that if they do have had high expectations since last season, they will regress a bit this year.
I really can’t emphasize this any further, but can the L.A. Lakers get any better and bigger by trading for one of the biggest big men in NBA history in Dwight Howard. Steve Nash is also the Lakers’ biggest acquisition too. But one thing that will hold the Lakers back if they don’t win the 2013 NBA title is age.
One of the three characteristics that strike me most about the Memphis Grizzlies is hustle. They have heart and the grind. When they hustle, they really go after it. Tony Allen and Marc Gasol have to be two of the Grizzlies’ best hustle players. It’s really a shame that Memphis let O.J. Mayo go to Dallas in hopes of the Mavericks getting better last season after winning the NBA title two seasons ago.
I really liked how Miami went after Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis this summer. The starting five will give opposing teams field days with a lineup of Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen in the backcourt, Lebron James and Rashard Lewis in the front court and Chris Bosh at center. This star-studded cast of superstars will go after the NBA title again for another year. What will hold the Heat back? Repeating is harder than winning an NBA title for the first time.
The Bucks have an ultra fast back court in Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. They eliminated the slow and fleet footed Andrew Bogut at center and sent him to the Golden State Warriors. What about their defense? It’s nonexistent now.
This is only the summer, but I am really excited about the prospects of the L.A. Clippers doing well. They have signed Grant Hill, Lamar Odom, Ronny Turiaf, Ryan Hollins, and Willie Green in the off-season. As Chris Paul leads this team to redemption, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan should be able to get more passes from CP3 as time progresses. I also like Chauncey Billups’ addition to the starting lineup as he returns from his injury. Hill and Odom will give the Clips veteran leadership. Green will add athleticism to a studded lineup involving Paul and Griffin. Turiaf and Hollins bring much-needed muscle and bulk to a frontcourt that has Griffin and Jordan in it already.