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6 Los Angeles CLIPPERS
Arash Markazi
October 23, 2006
After decades of futility, the franchise has the makings of a playoff perennial
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October 23, 2006

6 Los Angeles Clippers

After decades of futility, the franchise has the makings of a playoff perennial

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Corey Maggette
POS. SF
PPG 17.8
RPG 5.3
APG 2.1
SPG 0.59
FG% 44.5
3FG% 33.8
FT% 82.8

Sam Cassell
POS. PG
PPG 17.2
RPG 3.7
APG 6.3
SPG 0.95
FG% 44.3
3FG% 36.8
FT% 86.3

Cuttino Mobley
POS. SG
PPG 14.8
RPG 4.3
APG 3.0
SPG 1.18
FG% 42.6
3FG% 33.9
FT% 83.9

Elton Brand
POS. PF
PPG 24.7
RPG 10.0
APG 2.6
BPG 2.54
SPG 1.03
FG% 52.7
FT% 77.5

BENCH 2005--06 STATS
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

*NEW ACQUISITION

Enemy Lines
An opposing team's scout sizes up the Clippers

Will Sam Cassell be the same player he was last year? If not, they have an emerging superstar in Shaun Livingston, who reminds me of Magic Johnson when he drives into the paint. He has a long, quick first step with a nice crossover move, his body is filling out and his defense took a big jump.... One of Elton Brand's failings used to be that he didn't make clutch shots, but he's improved and should get more MVP consideration. Put it this way: If the Lakers offered Kobe Bryant for Brand, I would tell owner Donald Sterling not to do it. It's harder to replace the effort and production Brand gives you at power forward than the scoring Bryant provides on the wing.... Chris Kaman's season put him on the verge of becoming one of the top five centers in the league. He doesn't get that kind of respect because he looks so goofy, but he's a great complement to Brand with his rebounding and opportunistic play around the basket.... I believe the rumors that Mike Dunleavy can't stand Corey Maggette, but I would caution against a trade. We all fear Maggette as a scorer.

FAST FACT

The Clippers ranked first in the league in blocked shots (503) and second in rebounds (3,532, one fewer than the league-leading Heat). No other team made the top five in both categories.

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