The 2018-19 NBA season is almost upon us, and LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
In the past, the Clippers’ forwards were highlighted by Blake Griffin. That unit has a different look in 2018-19, as Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris highlight a unit that features versatility and perimeter shooting.
With a group of forwards that looks quite different to years past, we take a look at the top five forwards in Clippers’ history:
5. Corey Maggette
Corey Maggette spent 14 seasons in the NBA, and his best years were spent with the Clippers. He played with LA from 2000-08, and he regularly averaged 20-plus PPG while with the organization. During the 2004-05 season, he tallied 22.2 PPG and 6 RPG–making him one of the more valuable players in franchise history at the time. A solid scorer and a great athlete, he built a home with those Clippers’ teams that set the stage for the team’s successful Lob City era.
4. Loy Vaught
From 1990-98, Vaught patrolled the paint for the Clippers. He spent the bulk of his NBA tenure in LA, and he averaged 10.1 PPG and 7.1 RPG for his career. He was a double-double machine during his prime, and he appeared in 558 games with the Clippers. His great rebounding numbers were paired with a solid jumper, especially for a big man in the early 90s.
3. Danny Manning
After a great college career, Manning was seen as the player to help change the perception around the Clippers. Manning keyed the Clippers’ first two trips to the postseason in 1992 and 1993, and he made a statistical impact from the get-go. He went to the All-Star Game in 1992-93, courtesy of averaging 22.8 PPG.
2. Elton Brand
Brand was a marquee player for the Clippers from 2001-2008. He had his best years in LA, as he went to two All-Star Games with the organization. During the 2006 season, Brand notched 24.7 PPG and helped the Clippers to one of their best seasons in franchise history at 47-35. He was LA’s second All-Star, following in the footsteps of Danny Manning.
1. Blake Griffin
Even though Blake Griffin is longer in the fold, there’s no denying how great he was in a Clippers uniform. His high-flying dunks and ability to run the floor symbolized the Lob City Era, which was the most successful in LA Clippers’ history. As the first-overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Griffin lived up to the billing. He’s averaged 21.5 PPG and 9.2 RPG.
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