This piece should get some Clippers fans giddy. At the Cauldron, Jared Dubin goes over who is most likely to dethrone the now-injured reigning MVP Kevin Durant, and who did he decided was the best candidate (not named LeBron James? Blake Griffin. Click here to read the full piece. Here is an excerpt:
Oklahoma City’s uncertainty thus opens the door for the Clippers to have one of the top two records in the Western Conference. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that they even finish at the top of conference, particularly if the Spurs are even more aggressive about rest and minutes management following their success last season.
In addition, the Clippers surging to the top of the bracket a year after the Donald Sterling saga, is a heck of a narrative wave. While Doc Rivers may receive credit for the team’s ability to stay focused and dominant, it’s more likely a player emerges as the face of the franchise, as they so often do.
The two most likely candidates for that honor, obviously, are Griffin and Chris Paul. Paul is a wonder — the best point guard in the NBA and a consummate floor general who directs the flow of the game in a way matched by nobody else in the league. But he’s also increasingly injury-prone, having seen his percentage of games played drop from 98 to 91 to 85 to 75 percent over the last four seasons.