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Los Angeles Clippers Team Overview
2012-13 record: 56-26
First place, Pacific Division
Lost in first round to Memphis Grizzlies

Areas of Strength
The Clippers had enviable depth last season, although whether that remains in the plus column depends on the outcome of free agency. And one of those free agents -- Chris Paul -- is the greatest strength of all. He is the best point guard in the game and at the core of a Clippers' future that remains bright, and indications are still that he will re-sign.

Needs Work
The Clippers need to get a lot better at perimeter defense after finishing 26th in stopping the three-pointer. For more intangible areas for improvement, they showed a surprising lack of focus down the stretch for a team with great leadership, chemistry and veteran experience.

Two Stats That Matter
2 -- Consecutive seasons the Clippers lost four games in a row in the playoffs.

6 -- Unrestricted free agents who averaged at least 10 minutes a game in 2012-13.

The Way To Go
Needing depth at center, not to mention consistent play from the starting center, the Clippers would probably love if Gorgui Dieng, Steven Adams or Jeff Withey have a slight fall and are still available in the mid-20s. If not, a shooter like Allen Crabbe.

2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 107.7 (4th)
Defensive: 101 (9th)

Under Contract
F: Blake Griffin
G: Jamal Crawford
F: Caron Butler
C: DeAndre Jordan
G: Eric Bledsoe
G: Willie Green
F: Grant Hill

Free Agents
F: Matt Barnes (unrestricted)
G: Chauncey Billups (unrestricted)
C: Ryan Hollins (unrestricted)
F: Lamar Odom (unrestricted)
G: Chris Paul (unrestricted)
C: Ronny Turiaf (unrestricted)

Recent Draft History
2012: Furkan Aldemir (53)
2011: Trey Thompkins (37), Travis Leslie (47)
2010: Al-Farouq Aminu (8), Willie Warren (54)
2009: Blake Griffin (1)
2008: Eric Gordon (7), DeAndre Jordan (35)

-- Scott Howard-Cooper