Top 8 Most Embarrassing Players in L.A. Clippers History

Oren FriedmanCorrespondent IISeptember 26, 2012

Top 8 Most Embarrassing Players in L.A. Clippers History

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    Since moving from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984, the Clippers have continually been the laughingstock of the NBA.

    From botched draft picks to dysfunction in the front office, this organization became the model franchise for what not to do.

    Misfortune and poor structure have plagued this team to the point that the Clips have won just two playoff series in their entire 28 years in LA.

    While the prospects of Lob City seem to be looking up with Chris Paul at the helm, there is no denying the futility of this team's past.

    Here are the eight most embarrassing players in LA Clippers history.

8) Chris Kaman

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    It is not that Chris Kaman was ever especially bad for the Clippers, but it was more of his style of play and mental deficiencies that drove the Clipper faithful nuts.

    The sixth pick in the star studded 2003 NBA draft, Chris Kaman put up decent numbers for the Clippers and even enjoyed an All-Star appearance in his eight seasons in LA.

    Despite his successes, Clipper Nation best remembers the Cave Man for his long, untamed hair, his frustrating turnovers and countless traveling violations in the paint.

    His altogether strange personality made it all the more sweet when he was part of the package that brought Chris Paul to Los Angeles last year.

    Unfortunately for Kaman, he will also always be remembered as the pick that happened to come immediately after Dwyane Wade.

7) Marko Jaric

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    LAC thought they netted a sure steal when they drafted Marko Jaric in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft.

    At 6'7" and 224 pounds, Jaric was supposed to be able to lock up larger forwards and become the floor general that the Clips so desperately needed.

    Instead Jaric put up pedestrian numbers of 8.6 PPG and 4.6 APG as the team's starting point guard, while failing to score on anything outside of the key.

    Jaric has a special place in Clipper Nation's heart, as he was the crucial piece in the 2005 trade that landed the Clippers Sam Cassell and that highly coveted Timberwolves first-round pick. The Clippers eventually packaged that pick in the Chris Paul trade with the Hornets last December.

    Clipper Nation does owe a lot to Jaric. He was the gift that kept on giving.

6) Baron Davis

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    Unmotivated, sluggish, lethargic.

    These were the types of adjectives that were used to describe the highly overpaid Baron Davis in his two and a half seasons in Los Angeles.

    After electrifying performances on the Golden State Warriors, Davis became just a shell of himself while playing for Mike Dunleavy and Vinny Del Negro in Los Angeles.

    In his transition from the Bay to LA, B-Diddy saw his scoring average drop by 6.9 PPG and his field goal percentage fall by 5.6 percent.

    Granted, not all the blame can be pinned on Davis, as he joined the Clippers with the intention of teaming up with All-Star forward Elton Brand.

    Still, Davis became such a toxic player for the Clips that the front office offered him and an unprotected first round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers just to get him out of the Staples Center.

    Oh yeah, that pick ended up being No. 1 overall and turned into 2011-12 Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.

    Thank you, Baron.

5) Elton Brand

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    Until the Blake Griffin and Chris Paul era, Elton Brand was the highest achieving Clipper in franchise history.

    In his seven-year Clipper career from 2001-08, Brand was among the most dominant power forwards in the game.

    That all disappeared in the summer of 2008, when Brand changed his position on teaming up with Baron Davis in LA in order to play closer to home and signed a mega deal with the 76ers.

    Coach Dunleavy pointed the finger at Brand's agent David Falk as the architect behind the move. Quickly, EB began to disengage and ignore talks with the Clips as he moved towards Philadelphia.

    That summer saw the Clips get Falked, losing out on Brand and stuck with the massive contract of Baron Davis.

    What went down in Lob City in the summer of 2008 will keep Brand among the most loathed Clippers of all time.

4) Benoit Benjamin

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    The third overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft, big man Benoit Benjamin was supposed to be the dominant center that could become the face of LA's newest franchise.

    In his six years on the Clips, Benjamin averaged just 13.4 PPG and 9.0 RPG.

    He was slow, had a bad work ethic and possessed one of the worst basketball IQ's in NBA history.

    Perhaps Benjamin will best be remembered for sitting out a 1986 preseason game because he brought two left shoes. 

    Commenting on Benjamin's deficiencies, LA Times sportswriter Scott Ostler wrote (via LATimes.com):

    ...he turns out to be a sleeping giant. He misses planes, buses, practices. One afternoon he goes on that $1,700 shoe-shopping spree, falls asleep in his hotel room and misses the bus to that night's game. When he [does] show up for games, Benjamin is a one-man horror show for the Clippers. Even on this terrible team, Benjamin sets a new standard for bad basketball.

    Keep in mind, the Clippers also used that third pick to take Benjamin over future NBA legends Chris Mullin and Karl Malone.

3) Yaroslav Korolev

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    In the rush to find the next Dirk Nowitzki, the Clippers imprudently pulled the trigger on 18-year-old Russian forward Yaroslav Korolev with the No. 12 pick in the 2005 NBA draft.

    Korolev's two seasons on the team were disastrous, and he soon faded into the realm of typical Clipper lottery bust.

    In his two seasons from 2005-07, Korolev averaged a pathetic 1.1 PPG, 0.5 RPG and 0.4 APG while appearing in just 34 total games.

    Given the uncertain status of small forward Corey Maggette, the Clippers needed a versatile wing that could contribute on offense and defense.

    Instead of making the move for acclaimed New Mexico forward Danny Granger in the draft, the Clips went with Korolev, just another wasted pick in the team's disappointing history.

2) Andre Miller

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    Over his 14-year NBA career, Andre Miller has enjoyed decent numbers and success while bouncing around different teams in the league.

    However, the one stop in which he grossly underperformed was in 2002-03 when he laced up for the Clippers. 

    In acquiring the point guard, the Clippers gave up budding young forward Darius Miles, thinking that Miller's veteran presence and playmaking skills would elevate the team from the lottery to the playoffs.

    Unfortunately, Miller's numbers were down across the board as he clearly had no interest in playing for Alvin Gentry and the Clippers.

    That lone season was Miller's only year in Los Angeles, as he bolted for Denver the following offseason and proceeded to get his game back to normal.

1) Michael Olowokandi

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    Michael Olowokandi is certainly the most disappointing and embarrassing player in LA Clippers franchise history. 

    The No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, Olowokandi was a total bust for the Clips.

    In five seasons on the team, the Kandi Man put up just 10.1 PPG and 8.1 RPG, as the front office attempted to justify selecting Olowokandi over future NBA All-Stars Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce.

    More than his on-court letdowns, Olowokandi was toxic in the locker room setting as well. 

    Over 12 years after attempting to help with the development of the young Olowokandi, NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar still harbors resentment for the big man.

    Olowokandi has to be the gold standard for a disappointing Clipper, the perfect blend of on-the-court deficient and off-the-court unstable.

    Kandi's lone Clipper highlight? Getting absolutely posterized by rookie Amar'e Stoudemire in 2002.

    Olowokandi is just one of the tremendous embarrassments that Clipper fans will attempt to forget.