The Los Angeles Clippers No. 23 in Ongoing 30 Teams | 30 Weeks NBA Countdown

January 07, 2019

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Founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, the Clippers moved to San Diego in 1978 and then to Los Angeles in 1984.

After the move to LA the franchise had its struggles, but things began to look up with the selection of Danny Manning with the first overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft. He was an All-Star and helped lead the Clippers to their first playoff appearance in Los Angeles.

The best era in the Clippers’ history was actually in this current decade. The fortunes of the franchise were turned around when they added Chris Paul via trade and drafted Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. That core of players formed what came to be known as “Lob City.” With Paul’s ability to spread the ball around the floor and Griffin and Jordan’s size and athleticism, the Clippers became the hottest ticket in town. Everyone wanted to see these high flyers in action. They would win two division titles and be perennial playoff contenders from 2011-2017.

But Paul, Griffin, and Jordan weren’t the only stars that played for the Clippers. The early 2000s saw the freakishly athletic Corey Maggette. He would help lead the Clippers to their first playoff series victory since the team moved from Buffalo.

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