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From major media outlets such as Forbes, LA Times and the New York Post to countless sports and local websites recognize Barry’s Tickets on their secondary market ticking pricing.

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Barry’s Tickets has been recognized by the Heart Foundation at Cedars Sinai, Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, Special Olympics, Los Angeles Clippers and numerous others for its charity work.

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NBA Average Ticket Prices

Cleveland has become the “IT” town! With the signing of King James the average Cavaliers ticket price on the secondary market went from low of $47 in 2012 to now being the highest average price on the secondary market with a $195 per ticket average in the 2014-15 NBA regular season. Last season the Cleveland Cavaliers attendance was 710,522 making them 16th of 30 teams this year they are moved up 10 spots already with their attendance being at 164,496 making them 6th of 30.

Then there is the Browns picking Johnny “Football” in the NFL Draft which brought the average Cleveland Browns ticket price ticket price on the secondary market from $70.00 to $116.00 per ticket, and even the Cleveland Indians average ticket price went up to $57.00 per ticket from a low of $31 just a season ago. Now all Cleveland needs is an NHL team.

Here is a look at the average secondary market ticket prices for the 2014-2015 NBA season so far.

The King Of New York

Besides the Cavaliers the New York Knicks with Carmelo staying and ex Lakers Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher coming aboard have brought hope back to New Yorkers that the Knicks will back to winning ways again, their attendance has jumped from last season being ranked 18th to this season being ranked 9th and while Knicks Tickets price average is second at $162 per ticket its actually down from last season when it was $200 per ticket.

The Golden Child

If the Golden State Warriors were a stock then Mad Money’s Jim Cramer would be screaming “BUY BUY BUY” starting back in 2011-2012 their attendance was ranked 22nd of 30 and the average Warriors Tickets price was just $55.00 per ticket fast forward just two seasons the Warriors are ranked 2nd in the league in attendance and their average ticket price is now $102. Who wouldn’t want a 85% rate on their return. The Warriors are currently ranked second in the Western Conference behind the Grizzlies.

Oh Canada

The Toronto Raptors might seem to have come out of nowhere to be currently ranked number one in attendance as well as in first place in the Eastern Conference but the Raptors have been on a steady uptick for a few seasons now. In 2011-12 they were ranked 23rd in attendance with an average ticket price of $85, 2012-13 ranked 19th in attendance, 2013-14 ranked 9th in attendance with a $50.00 average ticket price to 2013-2014 ranked 1st in attendance with the Raptors tickets average price of $120 per ticket.

The Good The Bad The Ugly

The Los Angeles Lakers have some of the most devoted fans in the NBA including Jack and numerous other celebrities with the glue holding everything together for the Lakers and their fans being Kobe Bryant. Last season the Lakers were 27th in attendance without him but still commanding one of the highest league price averages of over $168 per ticket this year they are ranked 5th in attendance with Lakers Tickets averaging $98.00 per ticket and having a 3-13 record doesn’t help the matter. With a 51% decrease in ticket prices and getting to see what might be one of the last seasons for Kobe play live makes the Lakers an attractive bargain for the price.

Help I’ve Fallen And I Cant Get Up

The Philadelphia 76ers are on life support and it doesn’t look good. The last time they were ranked in the top 10 in attendance was back in the 2002-2003 season where they were 9th. Fast forward to the 2011-2012 season where they were ranked 14th with an average ticket price of $97 to the last two seasons being ranked 30th of 30 in NBA attendance and 76ers tickets prices falling from an average of $75.00 per ticket to $30 per ticket.

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Ducks Tickets Deals for December

The Anaheim Ducks are currently sitting on top of NHL Western Division behind nineteen points from center Ryan Getzlaf, twelve goals from Corey Perry and Frederick Andresen’s goal tending. The Ducks Schedule for December will see two games within ten days against their rivals the San Jose Sharks, one of the Original Six Boston Bruins, two teams from up north the Canucks and Oilers as well as the Philadelphia Flyers all coming to the Honda Center.



December 1st vs Boston Bruins
High Price $110 | Low Price $32.00 | Average Price $53

The Ducks open up December at the Honda Center with against the currently in 6th place in the Eastern Division Boston Bruins on Dec 1st. in the first of two meetings for the season, the next will be at the TD Garden March 26th. The Bruins are ranked 16th in Goals for and 12th in Goals against. Ducks vs Bruins tickets have an average price of $53.00 dollars.
Best Deal: Sec 227 in the lower corner gives a great view of all the action coming with a low price of $65.00 it’s a great seat location and great place to watch the one of the original six!

December 3rd vs Philadelphia Flyers
High Price $140 | Low Price $20.00 | Average Price $37

The struggling Philadelphia Flyers come to Anaheim on Dec 3rd currently in 13th place in the Eastern Division ranked 16th in goals for and 22nd out of 30 teams in goal against. Flyers Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux are both ranked in the top ten this season for points. Ducks vs Flyers tickets have an average price of $37.00.
Best Deal is section 428 for $20.00 it’s a great price for the budget minded Ducks or Flyers fan who just wants to see the action.

December 10 vs Edmonton Oilers
High Price $275.00 | Low Price $14.00 |Average Price $33.00
The Edmonton Oilers and Ducks will play the first of their four meetings during the regular season. The Oilers are ranked 25th of 30 in goals for and 30th of 30 in goals against and with only two wins in November. The average Ducks vs Oilers tickets price $33.00 for the Honda Center games.
Best Deal: Sec 425 is $14.00 per ticket making one of the cheapest ducks tickets price per ticket of the season.

Dec 22nd vs San Jose Sharks and Dec 31st vs San Jose Sharks
High Price $325.00 | Low Price $32.00 |Average Price $57.00

Ducks Promotional Giveaway Night: The Dec 22nd game is Surprise Puck #2 giveaway night.

Ducks rivals the San Jose Sharks will come to the Honda Center twice in month of December. The Sharks are currently sitting in 10th place in the NHL Western Conference and just a couple points away from jumping up to 6th place in the conference. The Ducks already faced off against the Sharks at home in October with the Ducks coming out with a 4-1 victory. These two meetings will be the second and third out of four meetings with the last being at the SAP Center at San Jose on Jan 29th. Sharks Tickets at the SAP against the Ducks have an average price of $80. per While Ducks vs Sharks Tickets at the Anaheim Honda Center the average price is $57.00 per ticket.
Best Deal: Sec 425 is $32.00 which is a great deal for those on a budget looking to got to a Anaheim Ducks game at the Honda Center, see a rivalry game and get a free puck souvenir.

December 10 vs Vancouver Canucks
High Price $295.00 | Low Price $32.00 |Average Price $34.00

This is the last time the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks will face off at the Honda Center for the regular season. Vancouver is currently nipping at the Ducks tails for first place in the NHL Western Conference with only 2 points separating the Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators and the Canucks. Frederick Andresen will need to keep up his good play in net as the Canucks are currently ranked 6th in goals for out of 30 and Radim Vrbata tied for 6th with goals. The average price for Ducks vs Canucks tickets at the Honda Center is $34.00.
Best Deal: Sec 207 which is located behind the Ducks bench and is just off center ice for $195.00.

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Lakers Games of the week (11/26/14 – 11/30/14)

After a rough start to the season the Los Angeles Lakers are showing signs of life with the return of Nick Young. Following a four-game losing streak the Lakers went on the road this past week and won consecutive games at Atlanta and Houston. After a disappointing blowout loss in Dallas the Lakers returned home and took the Denver Nuggets to overtime, only to lose in the extra period.


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11/26 Grizzlies, 11/28 Timberwolves, 11/30 Raptors

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The Lakers have three big home games this week with visits from Memphis, Minnesota and Toronto. The games versus the Memphis Grizzlies on November 26th and Toronto Raptors on Novemeber 30th will be a massive test for the Lakers. The two clubs lead the Western and Eastern Conferences, with just four combined losses. In between the Memphis and Toronto games is a Friday night visit from the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 28th, who feature this year’s top overall draft pick, Andrew Wiggins. Wednesday night the Lakers will need a big performance from their interior players to match up with an imposing Memphis team, led by early season MVP candidate Marc Gasol. The big Spaniard, a former Defensive Player of the Year winner, has taken his game to the next level this season. He’s a versatile player with the ability to both score and be a dangerous passer from the high post. After the Memphis and Minnesota games is a big Sunday game versus the Toronto Raptors. While much of the attention in the Eastern Conference has been centered on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Raptors have quietly put together a dominant early season, outscoring their opponents by over eleven points per game.



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5 Reasons Why You Must Visit the Staples Center

Want to visit one of the most iconic venues of all time? Then stopping at the Staples Center in Los Angeles should be on your bucket list! The multi-purpose sports arena is not only home to Michael Jordan’s competition–Kobe Bryant–but it’s a magnet for some of the best shows on the planet. Here are the top reasons to check out the Staples Center:

It’s Kobe’s office

Time is running out to see one of basketball’s elite players, Kobe Bryant, and the Staples Center just happens to be his place of employment. He may be knocking on retirement’s door, but watching him play is still a sight to be seen!

Kobe Bryant

It’s Jack Nicholson’s second home

If you’re heading to a Lakers game, grab your camera for a shot of Jack Nicholson. He’s a long time fan of the club, and can typically be found court side. In fact, he has owned his Lakers court side tickets for more than three decades, which makes him the NBA’s most dedicated fan! Plus, he’s just one of the many celebrities you’ll have the chance to gawk at during a Lakers game.

Jack Nicholson at Lakers Game

It’s won awards

In 2000, the Staples Center was named “Best New Concert Venue of the Year” by Pollstar Magazine. It also won “Venue of the Year” in 2000 and 2001. This is no surprise considering it has hosted some of the biggest events. The arena boasts an impressive resume that includes Michael Jackson’s memorial, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, LA Kings Stanley Cup Finals, UFC fights, 2000 Democratic convention, figure skating championships, LA Lakers NBA Finals, Grammy Awards, and many more high profile events.

Pollstar Award Staples Center

It’s named most vegetarian-friendly by PETA

If anyone knows anything about being vegetarian, it’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In 2013, the organization named the Staples Center the most vegetarian-friendly NBA arena. So, if you’re vegetarian, you don’t have to worry about packing your lunch when buying tickets for an event here!

PETA Staples Center Award

It is the Premiere Concert Venue in Los Angeles for Stars to See Stars

Celebrities and fans come to the Staples Center to see the biggest acts in the world perform and no one has performed more than Taylor Swift. Taylor has sang at the Staples Center 18 times including sold out concerts, five different times at The Grammys and the MTV Video Awards. Taylor Swift will add to her lead over U2 who has performed at the Staples Center 13 times when she plays there on August 25th and 26th in 2015.

Taylor Swift Live Staples Center

Easiest way to catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrity in Los Angeles

Athletes attract Stars! Besides Jack at any given Lakers game you can usually spot many A listers sitting courtside from David Beckham, Chris Pine,Tom Hanks, Jason Bateman, Stallone, Tom Cruise, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Zac Efon, Denzel Washington and the list goes on and on. There are plenty of Celebrities at Clippers games to from Sir Paul McCartney, Drake, Rhianna, Justin Bieber, Mark Walberg, Drew Barrymore, Jessica Alba and who can forget Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis on the Kiss Cam.

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Clippers floor changed to Kings Ice Rink

How does the Staples Center switch from a basketball court to hockey rink?

Ever wondered how the Staples Center floor goes from a Basketball Court to a Hockey Rink on the same day?

The Los Angeles Staples Center is one of a handful of arena’s around the country that not only has a professional basketball team and a professional hockey team they have two professional basketball teams the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers so scheduling both NBA teams as well as the Los Angeles Kings during the October through June games at the Staples Center is a tough job. Dont forget to through in all of the concerts and theatrical type events that go on as well during those months.

On any given weekend and sometimes weekdays there can be an early basketball or hockey game usually at 12:30pm pst and then a hockey or basketball game at 7:00pm pst.

Given a NBA game can last about 2 hours and 30 minutes and the average NHL game lasts about 2 hours 20 minutes that doesnt leave much time.

The typical temperature inside the Staples Center for a Lakers or Clippers game is 75 degrees and 65 degrees for a LA Kings game.

As either the Hockey or Basketball game ends the crew is already in place to get the changes done as quickly as possible. The 83 actual sections as well as over 168 luxury suites need to be cleaned, as well as all other areas inside the Staples Center including all bathrooms, the Hyde Lounge, the Premiere Club and Levy Restaurant and more. The Pro Shop needs to switch out the team playing inventory to the team playing that night’s inventory and numerous other little changes that are done to perfection the only way the Los Angeles Staples Center crew can do it.

If its an early basketball game once the players exit the court and as the crowd is leaving the entire arena starts to get cleaned, the Maple Wood Court floor is removed piece by piece, ad’s are replaced, the courtside seats as well as the the scores table are removed.

The Staples Center team lowers hydraulic seats onto the floor and all non stationary seats are removed from the floor. The main reason that the transfer between a basketball court and a hockey rink can happen so quickly is….the Hockey Rink is always there the basketball court is just overlay-ed on top of it. The crew removes the overlay sheets and rewires everything needed for a Hockey game. Since the frozen ice rink is already in place they corner dasherboards are replaced and the Plexiglas is placed on the dasherboards as well as cleaned. Then the ice itself is cleaned by the Zamboni.

The conversion from basketball court to ice rink or the other way around is a well oiled machine and having two storage area’s inside the Staples Center helps speed up the entire process since all running machines as well as furniture and everything else used for either event can enter the floor from one passage way and leave from another.



What the Los Angeles Clippers court looks like being broken down getting ready for the LA Kings to play that night.
Changing Clippers court to Kings Rink Staples Center

Staples Center Crew changing the LA Kings Ice to get ready for the Lakers Game a the Staples Center that night.
Changing Hockey Rink to Basketball Court Staples Center

The main question is….What is the Staples Center electricity bill?

If your going to a LA Kings game you can checkout my article on the Best Place to sit for a Kings game at the Staples Center.

You can purchase concert, sports and theater tickets for all Staples Center events with No Service Fees on any tickets at Barry’s Tickets! You can also checkout our Staples Center seating chart if you have any questions about seat locations.

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What does Kevin Durant’s injury mean for the Western Conference?

As the Los Angeles Clippers ready for the regular season, news broke on Sunday that Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is dealing with a Jones Fracture in his right foot and will miss at least the first month of the season. The fracture at the base of his small toe reportedly will keep Durant out 6 to 8 weeks at a minimum, with some speculating that the Thunder could look to keep Durant out even longer to err on the side of caution with the injury.

It’s the second consecutive year the Thunder has to deal with a major injury to a key player at the beginning of the regular season. Last year the Thunder were without star point guard Russell Westbrook at the beginning of the year, an injury the Thunder were able to overcome and still finish with the second best record in the Western Conference. The injury to Durant could be much more significant. In Reggie Jackson, one of the best backup point guards in the NBA, Oklahoma City had a solid replacement for Westbrook, something that simply doesn’t exist for Durant. Depending on how much time Durant misses the Thunder will likely struggle without Durant, a factor that can impact the rest of the Western Conference teams.

How big of an impact is the injury to Durant on the Clippers chances to earn the best record in the Western Conference? It could be potentially significant.

More than anything the injury to Durant is a reminder that injury luck in the NBA can be fleeting, and the Thunder have had good luck with injuries during their run of strong play over the past several years, prior to last season. Now it’s Durant who’s on the sidelines with Westbrook forced to take a bigger role in the offense. The one constant has been Durant, who has missed only six total games in the past five seasons, including the postseason. The Thunder have not had to play without their superstar for any significant stretch in the past five years, a major factor in their ability to always finish in the top two in the Western Conference.

Durant could miss 15 to 30 games if you take into account the full range of recovery that experts have laid out. If Durant misses the larger number of games, the Thunder could be in a significant hole to the Clippers and Spurs when it comes to best record and the all important home court advantage in the playoffs, a significant factor in the Thunder defeat of the Clippers in last year’s playoffs. The absence of Durant could mean the Thunder go from a 60 win team to a 53 to 55 win team, a factor that may not only put the Thunder behind the Clippers and Spurs, but could potentially put them in a group of teams that includes the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.

The Thunder need to be careful with Durant and have his long-term health in mind. Although many players recover quickly from such injuries, there are cases like Brook Lopez and Yao Ming where foot injuries have lingered for a longer period of time. If the Thunder are more conservative with Durant it’s a major opportunity for the Clippers to earn home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

You can purchase Clippers vs Thunder Tickets for their opening game on Oct 30th at the LA Staples Center.Chris M.

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Top 10 Point Guards in NBA for the 2014 – 2015 season

Point guard play is a very exciting part of basketball to watch. When you see a great ball handler that can take control of his team and move the ball around with precision passes it is a great joy to see. There is nothing like a great ball mover that will thread a strong defense and go to the goal or catch one of his teammates moving to the goal out of the corner of his eyes and making that precision pass the keeps all the defenders at bay. Look for some of the movers and shakers list below from 10 to 1 to keep a lot of defenders at bay this year.

10. Rajon Rondo:
Can put up some impressive triple doubles with an average of almost 12 ppg and almost 10 apg. He will be coming off an injury year where he only played 30 games in the 2013-14 season. Look for him to overcome his major knee injury to continue to put up numbers for the Boston Celtics. The game to watch for is the Celtics vs Spurs to see Rajon and Tony Parker go at it.

9. Tony Parker:
Tony is playing himself into a lot on NBA conversations when it come top point guards. This San Antonio guard will continue to keep up the pace in the upcoming season. Averaging almost 17 ppg he will become one of the fan favorites during the San Antonio campaign on 2014-15. The Games to watch will be Spurs vs Trail Blazers in Dec and Jan to see how Tony Parker and Damian Lillard stack up against each other.

8. Kyle Lowry:
With an impressive 17.9 ppg average it is probably why Kyle was re-signed by general manager Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors. You can bet he will continue to put the numbers and keep the Raptors moving into the 2014-15 with a strong shot at post season play again. Watching Lowry and Wall on the court should make the Raptors vs Wizards one of best match ups for Lowry and the boys.

7. Damian Lillard:
This Portland guard can put on quit a show with an average of over 20 ppg. He is an excellent three-point shooter. With a 40 percent three-point shooting average Damien Lillard will continue to be worth the price of admission to see him continue to put up impressive numbers again this year. The Trail Blazers vs Warriors will be a great test pitting Lillard and Curry against each other.

6. Kyrie Irving:
Kyrie will carry an average 20.8 ppg and almost 7 appg into the 2014-15 season to keep the Cavs on their feet again this year. He is one guard that defense hate to see get hot and move the ball. He will have another good year carving up the defense during the quest toward the playoffs this year. When Irving and Parker hit the court for the first time at the Quicken Center it will be a good preview of how well the new look Cavaliers and older Spurs will be. The Cavaliers vs Spurs in the NBA Finals is a pretty good bet this 2014-15 NBA season.

5. John Wall:
John will help the Washington Wizards to make some noise in the eastern Conference this year. This is another NBA guard that averages close to 20 ppg. With almost 9 apg his teammates are very appreciative of his unselfish ball movement. Look for the Wizards to continue the great play that led them to a great playoff run in the 2013-14 year.

4. Goran Dragic:
Making the ALL-NBA Third Team last year you can bet this point guard will pick up where he left off last year. Sporting a 20.3 ppg average will help him do just that. Look for him to continue to put up the points for the Phoenix Suns. A 50 percent shooting average from the field will help lead the Suns to a strong push in this upcoming NBA year.

3. Stephen Curry:
Stephen is not known for his defense but who is when you have an average of 24 ppg. Curry was the NBA’s seventh leading scorer in the 2013-14 season. He attempted an average of almost 8 three-pointers each game. He will put a lot of numbers again this year while he leads Golden State to another playoff year. Curry vs Westbrook will be the match up to watch when the Warriors vs Thunder games happen as they could easily end up being a NBA playoff preview early in the season.

2. Russell Westbrook:
This Oklahoma City guard averaged 26.7 ppg during the playoffs in 2013-14. That will bring his average to almost 22 ppg during his powerful NBA career. If he has an injury free year he can put up some impressive numbers. The more he play his consistency improve in a great way. He will put up some huge numbers in the Oklahoma City run this year. Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving will meet on the court for the first time under the new Cav’s look the Thunder vs Cavaliers could be an early NBA Finals look.

1. Chris Paul:
Chris Paul will show you why he is in the number one spot if you will just take a look at him the next time you have the opportunity to see him. Chris is one of the best floor managers in the league. He also led the league in assists and steals last season. Look for him to maintain his 19 ppg and 10.7 apg in a powerful run for the Clippers. The biggest game of the year could be the Clippers vs Cavaliers not just because of Lebron but Chris Paul vs Kyrie Irving could end up being where the game is won for either team. Also the Clippers vs Warriors is another big game between Chris Paul and Stephen Curry as last year the two went at it.

Derrick Rose:
What about Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose you ask? I didnt add him to my list because he has only played a total of 10 games in the past two years. While I would add him somewhere between 2-5 his mental and physical health factors still have questions. The Oct 31 Bulls vs Cavaliers opener will be a good test to see where he is at. Rose finished the preseason this year with 57 points in 56 minutes of playing time and went 24 of 41 and also over 50% in three pointers and finished the eight game preseason with a team high avg of 16.2. If he can stay healthy and get through the entire season the Chicago Bulls have a very good chance of winning it all.

Would love to know who your top 5 NBA Point Guards are for this upcoming season?

Chris M.

Top 10 Centers NBA

Top 10 NBA Centers for the 2014-15 season

If you have ever spent any time at all watching NBA basketball you know how much a big man in the center gain be an impact on any game at any time. There massive dunks off alley oops to strong aggressive blocked shots have been a part of basketball for many year. Fans would go to the courts to see legends like Shaq and Hakeem Olajuwon only to receive just what they were looking for when they purchased a ticket. Today is no different. There are many great centers that play in the NBA and we will take a glance at some of the top centers to watch in the upcoming 2014-15 season. Counting down from the bottom to the top here are the centers to watch.

10. Brook Lopez:
Only playing 17 games last season due to injury Brook looks to put together a strong push in this upcoming NBA season. The injury issue is something to keep an eye with this center. In the past three seasons he missed 134 games due to injury. At an average of almost 21 ppg. He could be a strong contributor to the Brooklyn Nets.

9. Andre Drummond:
One of the weak points of Drummond is his terrible free throw shooting. Although he did put up some impressive stats in the 2013-14 season for the Pistons he seems to be a little overrated. Look for him to put this fact behind him and prove that he will be an upcoming force in the 2014-15 season.

8. Andrew Bogut:
Last season Bogut put up the second highest defensive rating at 96.3 in the NBA. He also finished the season in the top 5 for rebounding and blocking percentage. Look for Bogut top help Golden State to make a string run this season.

7. Al Horford:
The 2013-14 season was a short one for Horford. Due to an injury with a pectoral muscle he only managed to play in 29 games last year. He still managed to put up an 18.6 ppg. If he stays healthy his ability to stretch the floor will help the Pacers this year. He would probably be ranked higher if he weren’t so injury prone.

6. DeAndre Jordan:
With a 13.6 RPG. average DeAndre led the league in rebounds in the 20113-14 season. He also posted career highs last year in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. He will be one of the league’s most dominant shot blockers in 2014-15. Look for his strong defensive effort to continue this season for the Clippers.

5. Demarcus Cousins:
Cousins put up some impressive numbers in the last NBA season that led him to have the best season of his career. Even though he needs to work on his attitude towards his teammates you can still look for Demarcus to bring the 22 ppg average back this year to help Sacremento.

4. Marc Gasol:
After missing 23 games last year due to injury you can look for a healthy Marc to return to the Memphis Grizzlies. In in known as one of the leagues stiffest defenders. His 14.6 ppg isn’t bad to go along with his good defense. He will be a huge defensive presence this year especially if he stays healthy.

3. Al Jefferson:
As one of the biggest post scorers in the game Al will be a huge contributor if Charlotte is going to be competitive in the 2014-15 season. He needs to improve on defense but you can bet that will be no problem for this talented Charlotte Hornet. At almost 22 ppg look for him to contribute well with his post presence.

2. Joakim Noah:
This Chicago Bull has matured in a great way as a NBA player. After winning NBA Defensive Player of the Year will have to keep up the pace with the new cast he will have around him in the upcoming NBA season.

1.Dwight Howard:
Look for this Houston Rocket center to be one of the strongest players on the court this year. If he has a strong year he could match the great year he had with the Orlando Magic where he was a legitimate MVP candidate. With a strong 18 ppg average he may show why he is the number one spot this year.

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Can Chris Paul avoid another early round exit

The Clippers seem to have all of the pieces to win it all; the best point guard in the league, an unstoppable force, and an experienced proven leader. But can Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Doc Rivers avoid another early round exit?

Chris Paul & Blake GriffinChris Paul has been the best point guard in the league for quite some time now, but his lack of playoff success has hindered his greatness. For the first portion of his career, he carried what was a mediocre team at best in the New Orleans Hornets to an eventual three playoff appearances. They had some pieces in Tyson Chandler and David West, but were never regarded as a legit team that could win it all. Expectations changed for Chris when he was traded to the Clippers and “Lob City” was formed.

The Clippers already had a rising star in Blake Griffin and an athletic beast at center in DeAndre Jordan, along with solid role and bench players. But, when Chris Paul arrived the Clippers felt he was the missing piece needed to make a legitimate title run. “Lob City” ended up winning 40 games in a lockout shortened season and were the 5 seed heading into the playoffs matched up in the first round against the Memphis Grizzlies. They struggled in 7 games against the Griz and then got ousted by the San Antonio Spurs in 4. The argument could be made that the team didn’t necessarily gel because Paul would have ideally needed a full season with the team in order to truly get an assessment of how good they could really be.

The 2012 campaign featured the Clippers finishing the season with 56 wins and the 4 seed overall in the West. A rematch against the Memphis Grizzlies didn’t go quite as well as it did the first time around as they ended up losing to Z-Bo and Marc in 6 games. This early playoff exit eventually got head coach Vinny Del Negro fired and the acquisition of Doc Rivers took place. Now, the best point guard in the league and one of the most exciting players in the league finally had a coach capable of leading them to the Finals. So, now the coach excuse goes out the window.

Los Angeles ClippersDespite the greatness that Doc Rivers brought to the table, the Clippers would surely avoid another early round exit, right? Well, they didn’t. Another tough playoff ended with a semifinal loss, this time to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Some of the issues could be attributed to the Donald Sterling saga, but when is enough, enough? The excuses for Chris Paul have to come to an end. His numbers and moxie may establish him as the greatest point guard of our time, but he will never be remembered until he gets over the playoff hump. With new ownership, will this finally be the year Chris Paul proves doubters wrong?

Chris M.