1. Bob McAdoo
Not only is Bob McAdoo the greatest the number two overall pick in franchise history but there should be serious debate as to whether or not he’s the greatest player in Clipper history. Well, I guess that would depend on whether or not you truly consider McAdoo a Clipper.
In 1970, the Buffalo Braves became one of the NBA’s expansion teams. Eventually, during the 1984 season, the franchise was moved to San Diego before settling in LA.
McAdoo never officially played in LA but his numbers as the franchises number two overall pick were on another level. In three consecutive seasons, McAdoo would go on to average over 30 points per game, leading the entire league. McAdoo also a four time All-star during his tenure in LA.
There was nothing overly spectacular about McAdoo’s game. He simply buried his way into the lane and made defenders pay time and time again. For McAdoo, scoring came incredibly easy but he was also one of the best rebounders the game has ever seen. Outside of his first season in Buffalo, McAdoo averaged no less than 12.4 rebounds per game. Also, with 50.9 win shares in only five seasons in Buffalo, McAdoo sits comfortably in the Clippers top five all-time in that department.
McAdoo, through hard work and consistency, carved out a Hall of Fame career. One that will never be forgotten.