The Los Angeles Clippers are the ugly step-sister to the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. This franchise has unfortunately never really had huge success. But some great players have played over the years for the Clippers and the franchise continues to improve.Over the last 15 years the franchise hasn’t been as bad as it was before. With some slight steps maybe this franchise can build towards a promising future.
Chris Paul is most probably the best Los Angeles Clippers player of all time. But one thing for sure is that he is the most important Clipper of all time. Chris Paul alongside Blake Griffin were the backbone of “lob city” and frankly the only high end stretch of basketball in Clippers history. Paul played 6 seasons and 400 games with the.
The Clippers before Paul’s arrival never had .600 winning percentage in any season. He averaged 18.8 points per game, 4.2 rebounds and 9.8 assists per game.
He’s also the franchises’s all time record holder in assists.
A story back in high school emerged about Chris Paul that made him somewhat of an urban legend:
Bob McAdoo was the franchise’s first real star. He led them to three straight playoff appearances from 1974-1976 at the time they were still called the Braves.
During those years he led them in scoring each and every year. During his time with The Braves McAdoo averaged a impressive 28.2 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per game.
After he was traded in the 1976-1977 season the Clippers would miss the playoffs for 15 straight seasons.
Blake alongside Chris Paul helped make the Clippers relevant and led them to their best stretch in franchise history. Griffin was the most famous Clipper of all time appearing in commercials and TV quite often.
He was also known for his time in a Clippers uniform as a highlight dunker, and a human highlight reel. During his time as a Clipper he averaged 21.6 points her page, 9.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and had 1005 dunks.
Not to mention multiple dunk contest championships.
The Clippers decided they wanted to build around Brand, and rightfully made him their franchise centerpiece He continued to become more efficient, grabbed more rebounds, and became a much tougher defender.
His best season came in 2005, when he recorded 24.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. And if it wasn’t for Kobe Bryant, there’s a good chance he would’ve won MVP that season.
However, Brand never did win the title he was seeking in Los Angeles, and signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in the summer of 2008. He never won a title there, either.