LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
2009-10 record: 29-53, 12th place in Western Conference
BARON DAVIS is back to run the offense again. If he stops heaving ill-advised jumpers, he has a chance to put up big numbers with so much young talent running alongside him . . . He has the talent to be a 20 PPG scorer, it’s just a matter of whether ERIC GORDON gets enough touches alongside Davis to get there . . . RANDY FOYE will be the sixth man, backing up both guard spots. He could end up with fantasy value if Davis gets hurt again . . . ERIC BLEDSOE is a competitor who will work on the defensive end, but he’s pretty much clueless in a half-court offense right now. Don’t expect a big impact from the rookie. Odds.
We’ll finally see BLAKE GRIFFIN’s regular-season debut. His knee should be 100 percent, and he’s a nightly double-double threat . . . Even if three-point specialist RASUAL BUTLER retains his starting job early, it’s only a matter of time before he’s pushed to the bench . . . He’ll be eased into the rotation, but AL-FAROUQ AMINU has the kind of athleticism and versatility to be a valuable glue guy in the starting five . . . RYAN GOMES is a mediocre bench option at both forward spots . . . CRAIG SMITH is a warm body to fill their 12th man role. Scores.
The center spot is his alone again, though CHRIS KAMAN will now share the paint with Blake Griffin. He may not be a borderline All-Star again with Griffin taking his rebounds . . . DeANDRE JORDAN is improving. He’s big and explosive enough to be one of the league’s better back-up centers. Las Vegas odds.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Championship: 60-to-1
2009-10 TEAM STATISTICS
Offense – 95.7 points per game (27th in the NBA)
Defense – 102.1 points per game (19th in the NBA)