Chris Paul knows all, is that a problem?

On TrueHoop, Kevin Arnovitz profiles the strain of defining and embracing a system of play in Los Angeles. Here’s what he said about the Clippers:

Back in November, when Los Angeles was engulfed in System Overload the week Brown was dismissed and D’Antoni hired, Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro was asked which system he deployed.

“Chris Paul,” Del Negro said.

Del Negro wasn’t being flip or coy. The question was straightforward, and he offered the best approximation of his team’s blueprint when it had the ball — the Chris Paul System.

“All those names and all that stuff,” Del Negro said of the Princeton, the spread, seven seconds or less, etc. “You just put the ball in the best player’s hands.”

To Del Negro and Paul, the NBA is a superstar league, and the offense they run is dictated by Paul. In the Clippers’ world, his instincts take precedent over any dogma. That intuition is rooted in strong principles. Paul will probe, but he’s meticulous and patient, and in the half court he’ll rarely act until the defense is leveraged.

“On offense, you just try to make the right play,” Paul said. “Every time I come down the court, I want to make sure that two people have to guard me, no matter what. If I’m in a ball screen, I want to make two people have guard me and then somebody is going to be open.”

The Chris Paul system has its advantages — mainly that Chris Paul gets to do what he wants. But when he was hurt, we saw the difference between a system that is player driven, and a system, like the Spurs, that is driven by philosophy.

When Parker or Ginobili or Duncan — or even all three! — get hurt, the Spurs

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2010 NBA Draft: 5 Players That Improved Their Draft Stock This Week

NBA teams finally got the opportunity the see potential draftees up close in personal this week with the kick off of draft work out season. The NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago and workouts earlier in the week in Vegas offered early insight into where players’ stocks are headed.

Chicago serves as the “official weigh-in” for the draft as players are measured without shoes and tested for their vertical leap, sprint speed and agility. In addition, the camp features some light full and half court skill drills as well as small-sided competition (3-on-3 and smaller).

It’s hard to impress a team that never sees you play, so the absence of players like Quincy Pondexter and Daniel Orton was a bit perplexing. However plenty of players showed up, and a few surprised attending scouts and GMs.

Here are five players who have already improved their draft status by virtue of their excellent performances in Chicago and Vegas.

5. Gordon Hayward

The only questions about Hayward going into the draft concern his athleticism. After a strong showing in Chicago, Gordon’s camp has to be feeling pretty good about how he measured up. While he still needs to gain strength, he showed some nice agility and explosiveness.

If Hayward can continue to show teams that he has the athleticism requisite for a good NBA career (after watching him rebound in the tournament it’s hard to think otherwise), he really is the total package. He understands team offense and defense, passes well, has a good handle for his size, shoots from three, and attacks the glass on both ends.

We know the Boston Celtics would have loved to snag him at 19, but look for him to move up to the Clippers-Indiana (8-10) range.

4. Lance Stephenson

New York’s all time leading scorer was

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