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

Voting Rules
Vote 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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  • Blake Griffin

    Draft selection: 1 (2009)

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

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

  • Lamar Odom
    20 votes

    Draft selection: 4 (1999)

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

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2000)

  • Tom Chambers
    18 votes

    Draft selection: 8 (1981)

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

  • Ken Norman
    11 votes

    Draft selection: 19 (1987)

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

  • Draft selection: 18 (2000)

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

  • Danny Manning

    Draft selection: 1 (1988)

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

    2× NBA All-Star (1993, 1994)