Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The offseason moves made by Doc Rivers, Clippers coach and president of basketball operations, made the Clippers better and more intriguing. That’s the opinion of Hall of Fame guard Reggie Miller, who these days makes his living as a television analyst.“Look, any time you have a Hall of Famer like a Paul Pierce and you bring in — and I say this in jest because both players I love — Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson to your locker room and into your environment and you add those to your big three in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and I guess you could put J.J. Redick in that, obviously, it’s going to be an interesting mix here,” Miller said Monday during a TNT/NBA TV conference call.Pierce, Smith and Stephenson are among nine new players on the Clippers’ roster. All three are hard-nosed.“I think the perfect person to handle this would be Doc Rivers because he understands and he knows most of these guys,” Miller said; Rivers previously coached Pierce at Boston and the two won a title together in 2008. “To me, I think they’ll have one of the deepest benches in the league.” Unlike this past season, when the bench was thin.“That was one of the things that was a head-scratcher for them last year, especially during the playoffs when they started to falter, especially in that Houston series,” Miller said. “But I love their chances just for the simple fact of what happened last year.”Miller was referring to the Clippers losing to the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals after leading the series 3-1, and leading Game 6 by 19 points late in the third quarter at Staples Center with a chance to close out the series.“You have people like myself saying, ‘OK, it’s the same-old Clippers. What’s going to change?’” Miller said. “And then what Doc does is he revamps his bench.”Miller really likes the acquisition of Pierce, who will either start at small forward or come off that bench. “I love the Paul Pierce pickup because I think what was missing from that team was a closer,” Miller said. “And throughout his career, Paul Pierce has been a closer. He doesn’t have to set it up, he doesn’t have to do a lot of the work. But come fourth quarter, come crunch-time in games, you’ve gotta have a closer and I think he’s going to add that mix to the Clippers.”Pierce turned 38 on Oct. 13.Stephenson at the 3There has been a lot of talk about who will start at small forward. Basically, it’s been between newcomers Wesley Johnson and Pierce. But Stephenson started there Tuesday night when the Clippers took on the Golden State Warriors in an exhibition game at Staples Center.Rivers said pregame this doesn’t mean Stephenson will be the starter. He did explain why he likes him there, though.“Defensively, he’s good,” Rivers said. “You can put him on 1 through 3, which helps. One of things I didn’t like last year about our team until really late in the second half of the season is that Chris (Paul) had to guard the point guard every night, all night, all game, all season.“And I think that takes a toll. J.J., for the most part, had to guard the 2s. And so did Jamal (Crawford). That’s one of reasons we like Lance is because he can guard multiple positions.”Stephenson is also a good ball-handler, Rivers noted. Practice for fansThe Clippers on Wednesday evening will practice at USC’s Galen Center and the public is invited. Doors open to fans at 5:45 p.m. with the practice ending at 7.