NBA Draft: 13 times the LA Clippers left stars on the board

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Gordon Hayward
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4. 2010 NBA Draft

Clippers Select: Al-Farouq Aminu (8)

Still on the Board: Gordon Hayward (9), Paul George (10)

At least the Clippers were finally able to land one of these All-Star swingmen after passing them both up in the 2010 NBA Draft to select forward Al-Farouq Aminu out of Wake Forest.

Paul George eventually landed in Los Angeles after establishing himself as one of the best two-way players in the league in Indiana, and continuing his success for parts of two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He is a six-time All-Star, a five-time All-NBA member, four time All-Defensive team, and the 2012-13 Most Improved Player. He’s now, finally, a Clipper back in his hometown of Los Angeles for the foreseeable future.

Gordon Hayward has build quite an impressive resume of his own in his career with the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics. He made his lone All-Star appearance in the 2016-17 season, his final year with the Jazz. He missed the majority of the following season after he dislocated his left ankle and fractured his left tibia in the first quarter of his first game as a Celtic.

After spending the 2018-19 season playing himself back to form he’s looked like a star again this year for Boston, averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a vital part of Boston’s balanced attack.

Al-Farouq Aminu played one season in Los Angeles before being sent to New Orleans as part of the Chris Paul trade. He’s bounced around the league since, spending time in Dallas, Portland, and Orlando.