5 Greatest Los Angeles Clippers To Ever Play In The NBA All-Star Game
5 Greatest Players In NBA All-Star Game
The Los Angeles Clippers and their fanbase have not had many great moments to look back on, but this recent stretch has provided Clippers fans some pride for a team that is finally a playoff contender. The Clippers have gone through so many locations and name changes that it is hard to remember the great moments that this franchise has had. Instead, most pundits look for the awful decisions made in past years and the many busts that have donned the Clippers' uniform.
Always playing the role of little brother to the Los Angeles Lakers, who the Clippers share the same arena, these past three seasons have given some hope that the Clippers are better than the Lakers. It is easy to come up with a list of the top five Clippers to play in the All-Star game due to not many great players and teams in the franchise's history. The Clippers' most recent playoff success was being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in 2011-12.
With the NBA All-Star game later tonight, for any fan it’s always a good time to look back on their former legends and their impact on their respective franchise. The Clippers don't have much to contribute to this discussion, but this recent playoff run has given the team some All-Stars who have been annual fixtures in recent All-Star games.
For the Clippers, my list of the top five Clippers to have played in the All-Star Game is leaned more towards recent years, but some past legends also made the list. Without further ado, here is the countdown from five to one.
5. Danny Manning
Two-Time NBA All-Star
A former Kansas Jayhawk who helped the program to the 1988 National Championship, Danny Manning's career was maligned with injuries, but the former collegiate standout made two All-Star appearances for the Clippers in the early 1990's. Manning averaged 22.8 points per game in his best season with the Clippers in 1992-93.
4. Elton Brand
Two-Time NBA All-Star
A former Duke Blue Devil, Elton Brand reached two All-Star games in his seven seasons with the Clippers. Brand was an All-NBA second team selection in 2006 and helped the Clippers reach the postseason for the first time since the mid 1990's.
3. Blake Griffin
Four-Time NBA All-Star
In each of Blake Griffin's four healthy seasons, the former Oklahoma Sooners forward has been a participant in the All-Star Game. Griffin won the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest, was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2011, and was a two-time All-NBA second team selection.
2. Chris Paul
Three-Time All-Star with the Clippers
Tonight, Chris Paul will participate in his third All-Star game in each of his three seasons with the Clippers. Paul was the All-Star Game MVP in last year's game, was a two-time All-NBA 1st-team player with the Clippers, and a two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection with the Clippers.
1. Bob McAdoo
Three-Time NBA All-Star
The franchise's first true superstar, Bob McAdoo, was a great player stuck on mostly bad teams. McAdoo was the NBA MVP in 1975, a three-time scoring champion and the NBA Rookie of the Year with the Buffalo Braves (now the Clippers).