Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Paul to Clippers: STILL a Better Fit than with Lakers...

Expect to see a lot of these two together for a while...only in the same jersey.
Now it seems....FINALLY...Chris Paul is indeed headed to the Clippers.  It is a good fit, I've explained why before in comparison to say the Lakers.  If you didn't read that post I'll give you a second chance by giving you the explanation again here:
Really don't have to be a genius to figure out why Paul is a better fit with Blake Griffin than with Kobe.  What does Kobe and Chris Paul both need to be effective?

The ball in their hands.

Blake Griffin doesn't.  Griffin does some of his best work not getting the ball until milliseconds prior to throwing it through the rim on an alley oop.  Who throws alley oops?

Chris Paul that's who.

I never thought the Paul to Lakers move made a lot of sense.  I understand that the reason Kobe has never played with a good PG is because of the triangle offense and it's lack of a need for a PG and that now with Mike Brown as coach they will maybe play a style that could have a great PG at the helm.  Yet, if I am the Lakers I know for a fact that Kobe works well with great big men and if I am shipping off a bunch of assets in a trade for a star, I am shipping them off for Dwight Howard.  Seems they came to their senses as well on Saturday night.

Paul with the Clippers has a chance to be a great pairing with Blake Griffin.  Unfortunately though the Clipper's cabinet that was once full of youthful talent is now looking more and more bare as they just traded away two bright spots in Gordon and Aminu and then today comes news that Golden State just signed an offer sheet (that can be matched) with restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan.  For the Clippers to be title contenders Blake Griffin will have to take his game to the next level from human highlight reel to legitimate go to NBA PF.  Dwight Howard has struggled to make that transition (only as a C not PF) and may never truly make it to a "go to" offensive threat, hence hoping he can go to be with Kobe or Deron Williams. 

I think Griffin can make that transition though and just the addition of Chris Paul alone will make him mark ably better from day one.  Chris Paul is used to working with David West as his pick and roll and PF friend, and with that still made the playoffs pretty regularly.  Now with a guy who is David West X4 athletically Paul should be able to really make some things happen.  Surround those two with lethal shooters and you have a chance. 

I think/hope the NBA will stop trying to play Big Brother and allow this trade to happen.  It is good for both teams, as the Clippers may finally (though Paul's knees could still head in a very "Roy" direction any day) be headed towards being a legit NBA franchise rather than a laughing stock and the Hornets get youthful talent to build around as a consolation prize for giving up their star.

Approve it Stern and let the SC Top Ten Nominees begin on pick and roll alley oops from Paul to Griffin.

Now it will be interesting to see how Chauncey Billups fits in to the Clippers plan, as they didn't include him in the trade after they picked him up from the amnesty waiver wire after Billups was amnestied from the Knicks. They now have two very good PG's, I see another trade coming more than likely.  After this trade the Clipps may need to go out and trade Billups for some wings to surround Paul and Griffin.  But who the heck knows, Stern could very easily find a way to jerk around Chris Paul and the Clippers and screw this thing up again.

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