All-Time Team Starting Small Forward: Corey Maggette
Corey Maggette was traded to the LA Clippers after his rookie year with Orlando and quickly became one of the better small forwards in the league. Known for his athleticism and tendency to hurl himself towards the basket like a bowling ball to draw fouls, Maggette was constantly among the league leaders in free throws made and attempted during his eight seasons with the team. The forward is the Clippers’ franchise leader in free throws made (3791) and in free throws attempted (3791) and is also the fifth highest scorer in the franchise’s history with 8835 total points in an LA uniform.
Maggette’s return from a foot injury in the 2004-2005 NBA season helped the Clippers win their first playoff game in 13 years and their first playoff series since moving to LA when the Clippers defeated the Nuggets in five games. Maggette also helped the Clippers take the Steve Nash led Phoenix Suns to seven games, coming off of the bench in game six to score 25 points on 7-8 shooting to force a game seven. The wing player’s best season as a Clippers came in the 2004-2005 season when he averaged 22.2 points, 3.4 assists, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.1 steals while attempting an impressive ten free throws per game.
One of the more exciting Clippers to watch of the 2000s, Maggette was the type of small forward that the recent LA teams were always missing. His combination of shooting, aggressiveness, and athleticism made him a favorite among fans and the face of the Clippers’ franchise during his tenure with the team.
Here are some of Maggette’s best moves and plays during his eight seasons in LA: