Talent and firepower has gravitated to the Western Conference. Superstars such as: Paul George, Paul Millsap, and Jimmy Butler joined Western teams.

Because of the shift in power, Western playoff teams from last year will miss the playoffs, while teams from the West who missed the playoffs, will make them in the upcoming season.

One playoff team from the last year who will miss the playoffs this year will be the Los Angeles Clippers.

Chris Paul joining MVP runner-up James Harden in Houston, will be the cause for the Clippers absence in the postseason. Paul was the heart of the Clippers, he held the team together and simply made it go.

Paul is still a top three point guard in the NBA, he elevates his teammates with his passing and leadership, he scores the ball, and defends greatly. Paul’s all around game is proofed by him averaging nearly 20 points, five rebounds, and almost 10 assist per game just last year.

The Clippers not only lost Paul, but they lost scoring guards JJ Redick who scored 15 points-per-game and Jamal Crawford who poured in an average of 12 points-per-game. The team also lost center Marreese Speights who brought scoring to the frontcourt, and a terrific defender in Luc Mbah a Moute.

They did add some skilled players in Lou Williams who can score, Patrick Beverly who can defend with the best of them, and Danilo Gallinari who is a solid role player.

The team also kept their two stars in Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan. Williams, Beverly, Gallinari, Jordan, and Griffin all of these players have one they in common: they do not make their teammates better.

Without Paul leading the way and elevating his teammates games, the Clippers will be an ISO team and depend on Griffin and Williams, which won’t win enough games to make the playoffs in the loaded West.

Griffin is viewed as overrated, and Paul made the game very easy for him and Jordan – the offensive liability. Jordan is a great defender but he has no offense, his only offense was catching lobs from Paul and putbacks.

Griffin will not be able to lead the way for the Clippers, and the Clippers will go back to being a mediocre team stuck in no-mans land.

Golden State, San Antonio, Houston, Oklahoma City, Minnesota, Denver, New Orleans, and Portland will have better records than the Clippers which result in the Clippers missing the postseason.

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