This is the first team I’ve done that has gone under a major rebrand. Just for clarification, all Los Angeles Clippers and Buffalo Braves are eligible for this team.
Chris Paul – PG
In my opinion, Chris Paul is the best playmaker in current-day NBA. He may not have the size, athleticism, or even jump shot that most point guards are expected to have these days. What he does have though, is two big men named Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan who can both jump over 30 inches in the air. Chris Paul can find these guys seamlessly from almost anywhere on the court. Combining that with his competitiveness and leadership qualities, he can easily find a spot on the Clippers’ all-time starting five.
Corey Maggette – SG/SF
Yikes. When the name Corey Maggette comes up in an NBA conversation, most people think about his lowlights and less than flattering nickname. People forget that he was actually a pretty good player on the Clippers for 8 years. The Clippers may have been a disgrace to sports during that time period due to racist owner Donald Sterling, but Maggette was the one bit of positivity that the Clippers had. He averaged 17 points per game over 8 seasons with the team before signing a 50 million dollar contract with the Warriors to distance himself from Donald Sterling.
Blake Griffin – PF
After being selected first overall in 2009, Griffin missed his entire rookie season recovering from a stress fracture in his left knee. At the time, the Clippers were experiencing one of the worst runs in professional sports and were desperate to get out. The next season, Griffin was everything they ever dreamed of. He averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds as a rookie. With the help of Chris Paul and Deandre Jordan a little later in his career, he pulled the Clippers out of the disgraceful position they were once in.
Danny Manning – PF
Like Griffin, Manning was also a first overall pick in the NBA draft who got his rookie season cut short due to a knee injury. He also fought back from his early struggles to eventually make a couple all-star teams. The one difference however, is that Manning was never able to consistently win with the Clippers, despite his per game averages of 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Bob McAdoo – C
Bob McAdoo is the lone player on this list to play for the Braves rather than the Clippers. He only played for the Braves for the first 5 years of his career, but in that time he averaged 28 points and 13 rebounds. Unluckily for him, the only team more dysfunctional than the Clippers were the Braves, who couldn’t put enough talent around him for him to win. In 1977, he demanded a trade and was dealt to the New York Knicks in return for John Gianelli and cash. This would later be named as one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history, as McAdoo won MVP just 2 years before being traded for a guy who would be out of the league in the next 3 years. Despite the latter part of his career being plagued with injuries, McAdoo still made the Basketball Hall of Fame and is one of the best scoring centers the league has ever seen.