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.
The Clippers front office has compiled one of the youngest and deepest rosters in recent memory, and the guard position is arguably the spot with the most depth. In anticipation of training camp position battles, we take a look at the top 5 guards in Clippers history:
5. Baron Davis
Baron Davis did not spend a ton of time in LA, but he was an ambassador during his tenure. His decision to join LA on a 5-year, $65 million contract allowed Davis to set the stage for the best era of Clippers basketball. He served as a mentor for youngsters Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, who were both rookies while Davis was manning the point guard position. Davis wanted the challenge of turning the Clippers into a relevant franchise.
4. Ron Harper
Harper was more of a combo guard, and he was dominant during his tenure with the Clippers. Manning both the point and shooting guard roles, Harper notched his best career season in 1989-90 with the Clippers, where he averaged 23 PPG. His ability to post triple-doubles in a Clippers jersey made him one of the early great scorers for the franchise.
3. Sam Cassell
Sam Cassell helped change the narrative around the Clippers. He joined the organization in 2005 and ultimately led the team to its first playoffs since 1997. At the time, the 47-35 Clippers earned the best mark in franchise history. Cassell played a pivotal role in the accomplishment. Had significant injuries not befallen Shaun Livingston, Elton Brand, and Chris Kaman, the team might have enjoyed more fortunes during Cassell’s tenure in LA.
2. Norm Nixon
Although Nixon was a Los Angeles Lakers’ draft pick, he helped usher Clippers’ basketball into LA. He joined the team in San Diego, and he posted All-Star numbers in 1985 with a fledgling team. Nixon always played a ton of minutes, gave his all on defense (once led the league in steals), and he tallied 15.7 PPG in his career.
1. Chris Paul
Even though Chris Paul never got the Clippers over the hump of winning a title–or reaching a Western Conference Finals–he presided over the most successful stretch in franchise history. He sparked the Lob City Era, and he was always in the discussion for the best point guard in the entire NBA while manning the position with the Clippers. The organization is in the positive standing it is now based on a half-decade of dominant basketball.
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