* 1997-98 season: 17-65, seventh in Pacific Division.
* Who's new: Coach Chris Ford, Michael Olowokandi, 7-1 center; Brian Skinner, 6-9 forward; Tyrone Nesby, 6-6 forward; Scott Brooks, 5-11 guard.
* Who's gone: Coach Bill Fitch; Loy Vaught, 6-9 forward; Ike Austin, 7-0 center; James Collins, 6-6 forward.
* Projected starters: Guards--Darrick Martin (10.3 points and 4.1 assists last season) and Eric Piatkowski (11.3 points and 3.5 rebounds); forwards--Lamond Murray (15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds) and Rodney Rogers (15.1 points and 5.6 rebounds); Center--Lorenzen Wright (nine points, 8.8 rebounds).
* Key to the season: Olowokandi and Taylor will have to play up to expectations for the Clippers to have a chance of reaching respectability. Martin and Pooh Richardson will have to be solid at point guard.