According to Panini America, the top 7 Clippers of All-time are: Chris Paul, Corey Maggette, Ron Harper, Bob McAdoo, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan. and Danny Manning.
Before we get started on their reasons why, let’s give you a background on Panini America. They are the NBA’s exclusive trading card partner since the 2009-10 season, with Kobe Bryant as their official company spokesman. Panini holds official licenses for more than just the NBA, as they also hold licenses for the NHL, NFL, and FIFA. With that said, let’s take a look at their official list.
“Paul was initially traded to the Lakers, but NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed the trade. Instead, Paul was eventually traded to the Clippers in one of the most important deals in franchise history. Paul was the distributor of the exciting “Lob City” Clippers, throwing alley-oops to the high-flying Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and others. With the Clippers he led the league in assists twice, and steals four times. He was an All-Star in all six seasons in Los Angeles.”
“Maggette’s most important contribution to the franchise was helping the team win its first playoff series since moving to Los Angeles. Maggette was a good scorer, averaging as much as 22 points per game one season. He was also known for his incredible athleticism, participating in the 2001 NBA Dunk Contest where performed a front flip before catching an alley-oop for a jam.”
“Harper overcame early injury troubles with the Clippers to become one of their most consistent players and top scorers. He averaged 19 points and almost 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game in five seasons with the Clippers. He helped lead the team to its first postseason since relocating to Los Angeles. Harper’s 2015-16 Panini National Treasures Colossal Jersey Signatures card features an oversized jersey patch along with Harper’s autograph.”
“McAdoo played for the very first iteration of the Clippers’ franchise, the Buffalo Braves. The second overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft, he won Rookie of the Year in his first season and then took the first of his three consecutive scoring titles in his second season. In 1974-75 he won the NBA MVP by averaging 34.5 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.”
“The top pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Oklahoma, Griffin had to sit out his entire rookie season due to an injury. But when he finally made his debut in 2010, he immediately showed why he was drafted so high by winning Rookie of the Year. Griffin’s incredible dunking ability was paired with Chris Paul’s passing to make the Clippers one of the most exciting teams in the NBA. He was a five-time All-Star, and three-time All-NBA second team player. He also won the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest.”
“Jordan was a steal in the NBA draft for the Clippers, who snagged him with the 35th overall pick. He, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul formed the core of the “Lob City” Clippers. Jordan was a defensive standout for the Clippers as well as one of the best rebounders in the league. Known for his impressive, and often violent, dunks Jordan’s presence in the paint was key for Los Angeles. He was a 2016 All-NBA first-teamer and he made the 2017 All-Star team. He twice appeared on the All-NBA First Team Defense.”
“One of the best college basketball players of all time, Manning was the first overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Clippers. He tore his ACL in his rookie season, but he would eventually recover and become a star for Los Angeles. He made two All-Star teams as a Clipper. Most importantly he helped lead the Clippers to the playoffs for the first time since moving from Buffalo to California. His 2017-18 Court Kings Sketches and Swatches card features his autograph alongside a sketch of him from his days in Los Angeles.”
Keep in mind, the list is from a trading card company and a media analyst, so there will be some disagreements. With that said, what do you think of this overall list? Do you agree with it, or do you believe someone was left off?