Clippers’ Career Point Scoring Leaders

The Los Angeles Clippers have been a laughingstock most of their existence, and at least have been the redheaded stepchild of the Lakers while residing in Los Angeles.  The franchise began as the Buffalo Braves in 1971, became the San Diego Clippers in 1979, and then moved to Los Angeles to become the L.A. Clippers in 1985.  The team has, amazingly, only made the playoffs seven times in their existence, three of those coming as the Buffalo Braves.  But they have put some decent talent on the court over the years, and here is a short list of the Clippers/Braves all-time leading scorers to date:

Randy Smith (12,735)—Guard/forward Randy Smith had two stints with the Braves/Clippers, first from 1971 to 1979, including one season in San Diego.  He then played for the Clippers again in 1982-83.  Smith leads the franchise all-time with 12,735 total points and his best season by far was with Buffalo in 1977-78.  That year, Smith scored a career best 2021 points (25 per game). 

Bob McAdoo (9434)—Center/forward Bob McAdoo began his career in Buffalo and played there from 1972 to 1977.  McAdoo ranks second in team history with 9434 points and he had his three best seasons with the Braves, all with over 2000 points scored.  He also led the NBA in scoring those three seasons, and McAdoo’s best year was 1974-75, when he scored a career high 2831 points (35 points per game).  He also led the NBA that season in field goals (1095) and total rebounds (1155). 

Elton Brand (9336)—Forward Elton Brand played for the Clippers from 2001 to 2008 and ranks third in their history with 9336 points.  Brand had his best season in 2005-06 with Los Angeles, when he scored a career best 1953 points (25 per game).

Corey Maggette (8835)—Forward Corey Maggette played for the Clippers from 2000 to 2008 and he ranks fourth in franchise history with 8835 points scored.  Maggette scored over 1500 points twice while with L.A., including his best season of 2007-08, when he scored a career high 1547 points (22 points per game). 

Danny Manning (7120)—Forward/center Danny Manning began his career with the Clippers and played in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1994.  Manning ranks fifth in Clippers’ history with 7120 total points, and he had his best season there in 1992-93.  That year, Manning scored a career best 1800 points (23 per game).

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