Los Angeles' Second Best Team: Five Greatest Los Angeles Clippers of All Time

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IINovember 5, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder look for a rebound at Staples Center on November 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 107-92.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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In 1984, the Clippers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles. Since then, the team has had to share a city with one of the most celebrated franchises in all of sports. It does not take an avid basketball fan to know the Clippers do not have one of the richest basketball histories.

However, whether it be good or bad, the team does have a 26 year history in the city of angels. So, with this being said, who are the greatest Los Angeles Clippers of all-time?

Blake Griffin: That's right, Blake Griffin is already one of the greatest Los Angeles Clippers of all-time. Barring injuries, I have every reason to believe Griffin is going to be a great NBA player. For that matter, he is already a good one, probably the best on the Clippers this season. Through five games, Griffin is averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds a game.

I think Griffin is the best post player taken in the draft since Tim Duncan in 1997-98. Let's just hope the organization is smart enough to realize, for the first time in team history, they have a franchise player to build around. After numerous draft busts, such as Michael Olowokandi, Darius Miles and Tyson Chandler, the Clippers seem to have hit pay dirt with Griffin.

The team needs to do everything they can to build a strong nucleus around Griffin. It would be a shame to see a great player waste his entire career on a bad team.

Elton Brand- In 2005-06, Elton Brand had an MVP-caliber season for the Clippers. He averaged 25 points, ten rebounds and shot 53 percent from the field. Brand led the Clippers to their first ever Playoff series win, as they beat the Nuggets in six games.

The Clippers pushed Phoenix to seven games in the next round, falling one game short of the Western Conference Finals. In addition, Brand made the All-NBA Second Team, the All-Star team and received one 1st place MVP vote in 2005-2006.

Danny Manning- Manning played six full seasons with the Clippers from 1988-1994. Manning made the All-Star team in 1993 and 1994, while playing for Los Angeles.

In addition, Manning was the leading scorer on the team in 91-92 and 92-93, the only two seasons in franchise history the team made the playoffs in consecutive seasons.

Ralph Lawler- For over 30 seasons, Lawler has been the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers. Lawler has called over 2400 regular season and postseason games. Therefore, he has called every game the team has played in Los Angeles.

Considering the Clippers history of futility, listening to Lawler's broadcast is sometimes the only bright spot of the Clippers season. Lawler is a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Bill Walton- Walton played for the Clippers in their inaugural season in Los Angeles. He had played the previous three seasons with the organization in San Diego.

Although it was for one season, it is hard to leave Walton off this list based on namesake alone. In his one season in Los Angeles, Walton averaged 10 points and 9 rebounds. 

Honorable Mention: Sam Cassell, Chris Kaman, Dominique Wilkins, Ron Harper