Average points by which opposing bench players outscored the Clippers' reserves last season. Only one other team, the Magic (6.0 points per game), had its bench outscored by even half that much.
ENEMY LINES | A RIVAL SCOUT ON THE CLIPPERS
So much of their success or failure depends on Baron Davis. If he starts the season in good shape and they're off to a good start, then they'll be fine, because I do think he'll show some pride coming off last year's disaster. But if they struggle or they have more injuries, I don't see him leading a big turnaround.... Blake Griffin is going to have to refine his shot and his footwork, but he's going to bring it right away and people are going to notice. He's able to come off the block, face up and be quick enough to beat people on the drive. He looks like a real man out there, and that's exactly what they need. They don't have anybody with that kind of relentless approach.... I was impressed that Eric Gordon was still bringing it late in the year as a rookie, in spite of everything going on around him on that team.... Al Thornton doesn't create for anybody, because he plays with his head down. He was a major mistake player last year. It was kind of like watching the rebirth of Corey Maggette.... DeAndre Jordan is a 21-year-old with real potential. So few bigs have that athleticism and mobility and toughness. He has so much to learn, but in a few years I think he has a chance to make it.