18 wins or bust
?Clipper who least deserves to be one. Forward Loy Vaught, who keeps improving while his team (17-65 last season) never does. In his five seasons Vaught's scoring average has increased every year, to 17.5 points in '94-95. "He's probably the most underrated player in the league," says coach Bill Fitch.
?Why the Clips will win more than 17 games. Forward Lamond Murray, a natural scorer, should be more consistent with a season under his belt. Forwards Brian Williams and Rodney Rogers and rookie guard Brent Barry, all acquired from Denver, should contribute immediately. And center Stanley Roberts has recovered from injuries to both Achilles tendons.
?Why they won't win many more than 17 games. The closest thing the Clippers have to an established guard is the erratic Pooh Richardson. And they lack experience.
?Outlook. Even if Vaught, Richardson, Murray, Rogers and Williams all have their best seasons, the Clippers will still probably lose 50 games. The best that can be said is that the Clips won't have another 16-game losing streak this season.