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The Best Los Angeles Clippers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Updated July 26, 2019 674 votes 38 voters44 items

List RulesVote based only on career success with the Los Angeles Clippers. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

Every Los Angeles Clippers first-round pick played a role, however small, for a franchise that has called both Los Angeles and San Diego home. The organization has struggled to become a dominant force in the league with mixed results from the NBA draft, and the Clippers have never played in an NBA Final.

Players like Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin, two of the best players in the NBA right now, made a mark on the Clippers before going on to have success with other franchises. Meanwhile, players such as Yaroslav Korolev and Michael Olowokandi were outright disasters, joining the list of biggest NBA draft busts.

So, which players deserve to stand above the others for their contributions to the Clippers? The stats below only reflect the players’ time spent with the franchise, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help improve the Clippers organization?

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  • 1

    Draft selection: 1 (2009)

    Stats
    504 games played, 21.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 4.5 apg, 0.9 spg

    Achievements
    5× NBA All-Star (2011–2015)
    3× All-NBA Second Team (2012–2014)
    All-NBA Third Team (2015)
    NBA Rookie of the Year (2011)

  • 2

    Draft selection: 4 (1999)

    Stats
    312 games played, 12.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.1 bpg, 1.0 spg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2000)

  • 3

    Draft selection: 1 (1988)

    Stats
    373 games played, 19.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.1 bpg

    Achievements
    2× NBA All-Star (1993, 1994)

  • 4

    Draft selection: 2 (1982)

    Stats
    151 games played, 23.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 apg

    Achievements
    NBA Rookie of the Year (1983)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1983)

  • 5

    Draft selection: 8 (1981)

    Stats
    160 games played, 17.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.1 apg

  • 6

    Draft selection: 13 (1990)

    Stats
    558 games played, 11.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg

  • 7

    Draft selection: 7 (2008)

    Stats
    196 games played, 18.1 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 spg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2009)

  • 8

    Draft selection: 18 (2000)

    Stats
    281 games played, 12.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.4 apg

  • 9

    Draft selection: 6 (2003)

    Stats
    493 games played, 11.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 bpg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Star (2010)

  • 10

    Draft selection: 14 (1997)

    Stats
    179 games played, 14.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1998)

  • 11

    Draft selection: 19 (1987)

    Stats
    439 games played, 14.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.2 apg

  • 12

    Draft selection: 14 (2007)

    Stats
    201 games played, 13.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 apg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2008)

  • 13

    Draft selection: 3 (2000)

    Stats
    163 games played, 9.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 bpg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2001)

  • 14

    Draft selection: 14 (1984)

    Stats
    305 games played, 11.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.0 spg

  • 15

    Draft selection: 4 (2004)

    Stats
    145 games played, 7.4 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.1 rpg

  • 16

    Draft selection: 7 (1994)

    Stats
    361 games played, 11.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg

  • 17

    Draft selection: 3 (1985)

    Stats
    406 games played, 13.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.8 bpg

  • 18

    Draft selection: 4 (1987)

    Stats
    103 games played, 10.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 spg

  • 19

    Draft selection: 8 (2010)

    Stats
    81 games played, 5.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg

  • 20

    Draft selection: 13 (2018)

    Stats
    33 games played, 3.4 ppg

  • 21
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    Michael Olowokandi

    Draft selection: 1 (1998)

    Stats
    323 games played, 9.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg

    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1999)

  • 22

    Draft selection: 2 (2001)

    Stats
    Never played for Clippers

  • 23

    Draft selection: 8 (2002)

    Stats
    213 games played, 6.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg

  • 24

    Draft selection: 7 (1996)

    Stats
    194 games played, 7.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg

  • 25

    Draft selection: 25 (2013)

    Stats
    68 games played, 2.6 ppg