For all the excitement around the new batch of players the Los Angeles Clippers have brought in this year—they will have Chauncey Billups back, probably before the new year, and also acquired Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom and Grant Hill—the determining factor in just how well this team is able to come together lies in one of its lingering problems from last season: They will have DeAndre Jordan at center and Blake Griffin at power forward, and as much raw talent as those two young guys have, they need to be better at both ends of the floor.

Start with their offense. Their athleticism makes the Jordan-Griffin tandem one of the most impressive dunking frontcourts in the league, but their combined lack of much else in their repertoire makes them one of the worst-shooting frontcourts in the league. Both are excellent at-the-rim finishers, with Griffin making 65.7 percent and Jordan making 65.9 percent. But get them away from the rim and things fall off quickly. Griffin made 27.7 percent of his 10-15 footers and 37.0 percent from 16-23 feet. Jordan simply didn't shoot from that range.

More glaring, the duo was brutal at the free-throw line, Griffin shooting 52.1 percent from the stripe and Jordan shooting 52.5 percent. That needs an immediate fix, and the hope is that new shooting coach Bob Thate can at least help turn around those percentages.