The 10 Worst free agent signings in LA Clippers history

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Wesley Johnson, LA Clippers
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1. Wesley Johnson

One of the most controversial players in the history of the LA Clippers is the former fourth-overall pick, Wesley Johnson. Upon his arrival in 2015-16, it seemed as if the Clippers had added a durable role player with a solid three-point jumper.

Though Johnson did not exceed the expectations of a top-five selection, he had the best season of his career with the Lakers before joining the Clippers. Furthermore, he averaged 9.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 35.1% from three on 3.1 attempts. These numbers and his lengthy build made it clear that the front office added one of the best players available.

However, his first season with the Clippers went differently than planned. Not only did his minutes drop significantly, but his points and three-point percentage saw damage as well. At this point, the coaching staff understood what type of player Johnson would be in the active rotation.

Moreover, Johnson’s career with the Clippers became a slippery slope as he under-performed significantly in 2016-17. On top of posting a career-low of 2.7 points per game, he shot 35.6% from the field and 24.6% from the three-point line. There should be no reason why a forward standing as tall as 6’7″ should be shooting under 40% from the field.

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Despite his remarkable availability, Johnson’s offensive contributions were nonexistent. On the defensive side of the ball, he was not the best, ultimately forcing the coaching staff to limit his minutes as much as possible.