Yahoo Contributor Network
This article was created on the Yahoo Contributor Network, where users like you are published on Yahoo every day. Learn more »Yahoo Contributor Network
Top five point guards in Los Angeles Clippers history
Qualifiers: the Los Angeles Clippers have more than 40 years of history dating back to their origins as the Buffalo Braves, so players should have at least two seasons with the team. Also, players will be classified under one position even if they played at more than one. For example, while Bob McAdoo played both center and power forward, he will appear on only one list.
Two-time All-Star point guard Norm Nixon spent his entire NBA career in California, first with the Los Angeles Lakers and later the Clippers. When Nixon joined the Clippers in 1983, he immediately dished out a career-best 11.1 assists per game with a Clippers' single-season record 914 total assists. Overall, he averaged 14.6 points and 9.0 assists in 283 games with the Clippers. His career total of 6,386 assists places him in the NBA's all-time top 25; his career average of 8.3 assists is the tenth best in league history.
Former All-Star and current Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson spent two seasons as the Clippers' floor general in the mid-1990s. After a successful five-year run with the New York Knicks, Jackson joined the Clippers in 1992 and led them to the playoffs in his first season with the team. He averaged 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game as a Clipper and despite his short stay, he remains sixth on the team's all-time assists list. Jackson's career total of 10,334 assists places him third in NBA history.
The floor leader for the Clippers' most recent playoff team, Sam Cassell spent the last good years of his career in Los Angeles. When Cassell arrived in LA in 2005, he brought his winning ways to the Clippers as he immediately led them to their first playoff series win since the Buffalo Braves era. He averaged 14.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 174 games for the Clippers. The former All-Star and three-time NBA Champion reached the 15,000 point mark and climbed to 30th all-time in assists during his tenure.
Longtime Clippers point guard Gary Grant split time as a starter and a reserve in LA from 1988 to 1995. Grant's career got off to an excellent start in Los Angeles; he earned a starting job as a rookie and averaged a double-double in his sophomore campaign. He was the most recent Clipper to reach the 2,000 assist mark and his 2,810 assists are the second most in Clippers history. The speedy open court point guard maintained averages of 8.7 points, 6.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game in seven seasons in Los Angeles.
1974 Rookie of the Year Ernie DiGregorio spent four years as the point guard during the team's early years as the Buffalo Braves. DiGregorio was undersized, but he was a flashy passer and a great shooter who enjoyed a brief, but successful career. In his rookie season, DiGregorio led the league with 8.2 assists per game and a .902 free throw percentage as the Braves earned their first trip to the playoffs in four tries as a franchise. He maintained averages of 10.7 points and 5.6 assists in 260 games with the team.
Los Angeles Clippers Franchise Index, Basketball-Reference.com
More from this contributor:
Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content.