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My All-Star Starting Five: LA Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Clippers are a member of the league’s Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The Clippers play their home games at the Staples Center, an arena shared with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year. The Braves moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California in 1978. That year they became known as the San Diego Clippers. In 1984, the Clippers moved to Los Angeles. Through much of its history, the franchise failed to see significant regular season or playoff success. The Clippers were frequently seen as an example of a perennial loser in American professional sports, drawing unfavorable comparisons to the historically successful Lakers, with whom they have shared a market since 1984 and an arena since 1999.

Bob McAdoo

Bob McAdoo is not only the greatest Los Angeles Clipper ever, but also the franchise’s first superstar player. This five-time NBA All-Star could do it all on the hardwood such as defend, run the floor, and hit open jumpers that made him a nearly unstoppable force on offense. Bob McAdoo recorded the most impressive season in Los Angeles Clippers’ history in the 1975 NBA season when he averaged 34.5 points and grabbed 14.1 rebounds while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. Bob McAdoo is a three-time NBA scoring champion, 1973 NBA Rookie of the Year, and a two-time NBA champion.

Randy Smith

Randy Smith was one of the most electrifying and productive Clippers ever. Playing alongside with the great Bob McAdoo, Randy Smith helped put the Clippers on the map with his style of play. This two-time NBA All-Star could score and affect a game like many of his great contemporaries during the 1970s. Randy Smith holds numerous franchise records such as games played with 906 straight games (since broken by A. C. Green), field goals made and attempted, assist and steals. The highlight of Smith’s career was the 1978 NBA All-Star Game, where he came off the bench to lead all scorers with 27 points and named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Chris Paul

Chris Paul changed the culture of the Los Angeles Clippers when he arrived there. He instantly made the team a Western Conference powerhouse and the toast of the Los Angeles area. Recognized as the best point guard in the current NBA, Chris Paul is already one of the most decorated Clippers in franchise history with NBA All-Star, NBA assists, and NBA steals honors. He is the recipient of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game MVP. Chris Paul is the point guard with the potential to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to their first NBA championship in franchise’s history.

Elton Brand

Elton Brand was the face of the Los Angeles Clippers in the mid-2000s. The heart and soul of the team, Elton Brand put up impressive numbers as a Clipper averaging twenty points, ten rebounds, and two blocks. His production made him an NBA MVP candidate in the 2006 NBA season as he led the Clippers to the conference semifinals. Although the Clippers eventually lost in game 7 of the second round against the Phoenix Suns, the Clippers had the best season that their franchise had ever seen. Brand received the Joe Dumars Trophy after being named the 2005–06 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner.

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin is the slam-dunking machine of the Los Angeles Clippers. This five-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year is an exceptional athlete and very versatile. He can shoot, defend, and pass the ball. Blake Griffin is about to enter his prime years, which is scary for the opposition. His career averages are at 21.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists.

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