Oct 13, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Corey Maggette (14) is introduced prior to a preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
After creating our top five lists for the best point guards and shooting guards to ever play for the Los Angeles Clippers, it’s time to look at the best small forwards in franchise history. Ranging from the 1980s to the 2000s, there are players in this list that not only standout due to their performance for a franchise that has generally struggled, but for their obvious talent that may have been overlooked or forgotten.
So, to create a concise list without crossing into the organisation’s time as the Buffalo Braves, the players in this list will have played since the team became the L.A. Clippers in 1984. Meaning that some great wings such as Randy Smith — who played for the Braves from 1971-1978 at shooting guard and small forward — won’t be included. Although, he’s at least worth an honorable mention here after he had three seasons averaging 20+ points per game (one with 24.6) and two All-Star appearances.
Another player that has to be mentioned is Dominique Wilkins. You’ll know him as one of the greatest scorers and dunkers in NBA history, and you’ll remember him as a 12-year member of the Atlanta Hawks. However, for a mere 25 games in 1994, he actually played for the Clippers after being traded.
During his brief spell in L.A., Wilkins put up 29.1 points and 7 rebounds per game. Yet, no matter how legendary his talent and athleticism is, he simply wasn’t a member of the team long enough to be included in this list.
That being said, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great players from Clippers history to look at.
Let’s begin with their best three point marksman.
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