Los Angeles Clippers: 15 best draft picks of all-time

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Randy Smith, Buffalo Braves
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Buffalo State Bengals, 1971 (No. 104). Randy Smith. 4. player. 77. . SG/SF

Though he never got a chance to play for the Clippers while they were in Los Angeles, swingman Randy Smith was an Iron Man for both Buffalo and San Diego. The guy set an NBA record for most consecutive NBA games played at 906, passing Johnny Kerr’s 845 back in 1982 with San Diego.

Smith was not a first-round pick by the Braves, but was a late-round find by Buffalo back in 1971. He was taken No. 104 overall and would play his first eight NBA seasons with the Braves/Clippers franchise. Smith made two All-Star games in his time with the franchise in 1976 and 1978. In 1976, Smith would be named to the All-NBA second team. He was the MVP of the 1978 NBA All-Star Game.

In 1979, Smith would be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, he would return to the Clippers in 1982 in time to set the NBA Iron Man record of consecutive games played. He would briefly play with the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks before retiring after the 1982-83 NBA season.

Smith played parts of nine NBA seasons with the Braves/Clippers. He would average 17.8 points, 4.9 assists and 4.1 assists during those nine NBA seasons. While Smith will likely never be a hall of famer, he remains one of the greatest players in franchise history. If he does earn Springfield enshrinement, it will have to be posthumously, as Smith sadly passed away from a heart attack after a workout in 2009 at age 60.