Los Angeles Clippers

Livingston's rookie season was marked by injury.
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No. 12, No. 32 (from Cha.)
Rick Brunson (unrestricted)
Marko Jaric (restricted)
Kerry Kittles (unrestricted)
Mikki Moore (unrestricted)
Zeljko Rebraca (unrestricted)
Bobby Simmons (unrestricted)
2004: 4. Shaun Livingston, Peoria HS, Ill.; 33. Lionel Chalmers, Xav.
2003: 6. Chris Kaman, C. Mich.
34. Sofoklis Schortsanitis
2002: 8. Chris Wilcox, Maryland
12. Melvin Ely, Fresno St.
41. Mario Kasun, Opel Skyliners
2001: 2. Tyson Chandler, Dominquez H.S., Calif.
2000: 3. Darius Miles, East St. Louis HS
18. Quentin Richardson, DePaul
30. Marko Jaric, Italy
By Bill Evans

When the 2004-05 season began: The revolving door was again in full swing in Clipperland, as the team entered 2004-05 with only six players remaining from a 28-win team in 2003-04. Among the missing: Quentin Richardson, who signed with Phoenix.

What happened? Well, the Clippers won't get a trophy for it, but they had more wins (37) than the Lakers (34), earning Staples Center bragging rights (but no claim on the Lakers spacious locker room). Mike Dunleavy's squad fought off injuries to outperform the Lakers for the first time since 1992-93.

Corey Maggette and Elton Brand formed one of the league's most formidable and underrated duos. Maggette, in his sixth season, has increased his scoring average each season and finished 13th in league in scoring with 22.2 ppg. Brand averaged 20.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

Bobby Simmons played his way from obscurity to the Most Improved Player award, providing a perimeter threat with 16.4 points per game. His partner in the backcourt, Shaun Livingston, averaged 7.4 points and 5.0 assists in a rookie season that was ravaged by injury.

What now? The summer is never the ‘off'-season for the Clippers, who typically have a lottery pick to select and a spate of unrestricted free agents. This year is no different.

The 12th overall pick is lower than Elgin Baylor and company are accustomed to selecting. They have some depth at every position, but a lot of what they do might depend on how confident they are in re-signing Simmons and guard Marko Jaric, their two most notable free agents.

Via the draft or free agency, expect the Clippers to address perimeter shooting; they were last in three-pointers made and attempted a year ago. Another big man might also be coveted; Mikki Moore and Zeljko Rebraca played big minutes in reserve roles a year ago, and both are free agents.