The Clippers are the Best Team

The Los Angeles Clippers (13-2) aren’t just beating teams, they’re destroying them. They’ve outscored their opponents by more than 13 points, making them first in margin of victory by a mile.

The Clippers have been getting it done on both ends. They’re second in efficiency on both offense and defense.

They have wins over playoff teams (the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, and Toronto Raptors) and hot starts from their star players.

Chris Paul has seen his minutes decrease at age 31, but it’s paid off as CP3 has been as efficient as he’s ever been. Especially from three-point range where he’s converted on 43.6 percent of his attempts. The nine-time All-Star is second in assist to turnover ratio, and he’s leading the league in steals.

But the Clippers knew they could count on Paul. Blake Griffin was the wild card. He made a big mess last season with his foolish actions off the court and became the subject of trade rumors. Like Paul, Griffin is in a huge contract season so many wondered how he’d react.

So far, so good. He leads the team in minutes, scoring, and usage percentage. After an incredible playoffs performance during the 2014-15 season, Griffin was supposed to take the next step into superstardom. The 27-year-old was delayed a year after being plagued by injuries, and it looks like he’s ready for that spotlight.

Paul, Griffin, and J.J. Redick are all free agents in the upcoming summer, so this could be the last ride for the Clippers’ core group. It’s championship or bust.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.