Deconstructing Clipper Nation: Top Five Moments in Clippers Draft History

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Deconstructing Clipper Nation: Top Five Moments in Clippers Draft History

They’re notorious, and at times, outright ridiculous. Sports Illustrated have even deemed them as the worst franchise in sports history.

But truth be told, they’re actually my favorite NBA team.

Since the induction of the draft lottery in 1985, the Clippers have had 20 lottery picks. Of those lottery picks, the Clippers have had three first overall picks in 1988, 1998, and 2009.

As with any team, drafting rookies are always hit or miss.

Although for the Clippers, these missed opportunities seem to have become a freakishly common occurrence.

In the 1983 draft, for instance, the San Diego Clippers selected a young guard by the name of Byron Scott with their fourth overall pick. Scott was then traded, on draft day, to the Lakers where he went on to win three NBA titles.

Now, I’ve been a fan for almost 20 years, and I’ve seen my fair share of draft disasters. And at times, I’ve even questioned the intentions of the Clippers management.

Are they that incompetent or are they forever cursed with bad luck?

So in the attempts to rationalize these draft day decisions, I’ve created a list of the top five defining moments in Los Angeles Clippers draft history.

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