The Clippers have been one of the worst NBA teams in the league for a long time and last year was no different as they went 29-53 straight up and 35-46-1 against the spread at the Internet bookmaker.
Hiring Del Negro is a move that might work out for the Clippers. He went 82-82 as head coach of the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls made the playoffs in both of his years with the team. The Clippers would be thrilled with that kind of success. They have missed the playoffs in 15 of the last 17 seasons. They played poorly against last season, especially on the road where they were 8-33.
The Clippers are changing their organization in a number of ways. They have a new general manager in Neil Olshey. They finally got rid of Mike Dunleavy who had dragged the team down for years. Now Los Angeles can look to the future with some optimism for a change. They have some excellent young players to build around including last year’s number one pick Blake Griffin who will be back from injury. They got two more young stars in this year’s draft in Al-Farouq Aminu out of Wake Forest and Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe. Now if they could find a way to get rid of Baron Davis they would really be in good shape.
Los Angeles has some money to spend and could bring in a free agent or two to join their core of young players. No longer are the Clippers a team that can’t compete vs. Internet bookmaker NBA odds. They are building with young stars and they could take the same path that Oklahoma City has taken to success. The Thunder took their lumps when their young players struggled early on but now they look to be a force for years to come in the NBA.
The Clippers may not win right away but with a new philosophy, a new general manager, a new head coach, and a lot of young players, the future is a lot brighter for Los Angeles than it has been in recent seasons.