The Best Los Angeles Clippers of All Time

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A list of the best Los Angeles Clippers of all time. For many basketball fans, hearing the Clippers name elicits groans. This is a franchise that has managed to bungle nearly every positive situation that ever goes its way. The team was originally the Buffalo Braves, which formed in 1970, before moving to San Diego in 1978 and becoming the Clippers. Despite the team's cringeworthy history, the Clippers have had more than a few star players on its roster. The team's early years in Buffalo featured multiple Hall of Famers, including Bob McAdoo (who some consider to be the best player in the team's history) and Adrian Dantley. McAdoo along with Randy Smith are members of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Upon moving to San Diego, the Clippers acquired Bill Walton. At the time, Walton was still considered one of the best big men of all time in spite of his foot problems. Besides Walton, those San Diego teams were less than memorable.

In recent years, the Los Angeles Clippers finally seem to have put together a roster of star players. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are two of the best current NBA players and some of its most popular. Both look set to be Clippers for years to come, showing the team's commitment to its greatest players. 

This is a list of the best Los Angeles Clippers of all time. If you see someone who is missing, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list of the greatest Los Angeles Clippers players in team history how you think it should look. 
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  • Chris Paul
    Point guard
    1,733 votes
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • Number: 3
    • Teams: Phoenix Suns

    As the quintessential floor general, Chris Paul's tenure with the Clippers saw him revolutionize the team's offense with his exceptional playmaking and ability to dictate game tempo. Through his uncanny vision and masterful ball handling, CP3 elevated the collective talents of his teammates, notably forming an electrifying tandem with fellow high-flyer Blake Griffin. Though an injury-marred playoff run prevented the "Lob City" era from reaching its true potential, Paul unequivocally leaves a lasting impact on the Clippers' franchise history.

  • Blake Griffin
    Power forward
    1,566 votes
    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    • Teams: Boston Celtics

    The human highlight reel himself, Blake Griffin's athleticism and emphatic dunks immediately captured the hearts of Clipper fans upon his debut. With his combination of raw power and impressive leaping ability, Griffin became the face of the franchise, drawing countless eyes to the burgeoning Clippers team. As his game evolved throughout his time in Los Angeles, Blake expanded his skillset beyond mere rim-rocking, eventually showcasing an adeptness for playmaking and a respectable outside shot en route to becoming one of the league's most versatile big men.

  • Bob McAdoo
    Power forward, Center
    1,260 votes
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina
    • Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

    Before his arrival in the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, Bob McAdoo had already established a Hall of Fame-worthy career, yet his tenure with the Clippers further cemented his status as an all-time great. Painstakingly proficient in the midrange, McAdoo possessed a scorer's touch that seemingly knew no bounds, as he buoyed the nascent Clippers with his arsenal of offensive weapons. Despite short-lived success in LA, McAdoo's impact on basketball as a versatile big man can still be felt today, as evidenced by an entire generation of stretch forwards and centers inspired by his innovative approach to the game.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    Small forward
    293 votes
    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Riverside, California
    • Number: 2
    • Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

    As the elusive enigma of the NBA, Kawhi Leonard's talents have transcended many hardwood battles, and his decision to don the Clippers jersey signaled a monumental shift in the organization's trajectory. The stoic silent assassin, Leonard's notoriously tenacious defense and measured mentality guided his career, culminating in two auspicious championships with the Spurs and the Raptors, respectively. Now with the Clippers, Kawhi's impact as the unyielding two-way force provides a sense of unwavering optimism for the franchise's future endeavors.

  • Elton Brand
    Power forward
    928 votes
    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: USA, Cortlandt, New York, Cortlandt Manor
    • Number: 42
    • Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

    A consummate professional and the epitome of consistency, Elton Brand emerged as the cornerstone of the early-2000s Clippers. Towering over opponents, Brand made his presence known with his relentless motor on the offensive boards and his imposing interior defense. Though the team never quite reached the lofty heights of championship contention during his tenure, Brand's blue-collar work ethic and commitment to excellence remain a testament to his lasting contributions to the Clippers organization.

  • Paul George
    Small forward
    214 votes
    • Age: 33
    • Birthplace: Palmdale, California
    • Number: 24
    • Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

    Upon joining the Clippers, Paul George formed a formidable 1-2 punch alongside fellow Southern California native Kawhi Leonard. Known for his silky smooth scoring ability and lock-down perimeter defense, PG's multifaceted game serves as an integral component to the Clippers' modern-day aspirations. As one half of the most dynamic star pairings in the league, George's time in Los Angeles promises tantalizing prospects for the storied franchise.