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The best Clipper to wear No. 11

A Clipper legend

Buffalo Braves vs. Boston Celtics Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images

In the history of the Clippers, 13 different players have worn the No. 11. The first was Bob McAdoo for the Braves from 1973-1976, and the most recent player was Maurice Harkless from this past season.

The intro should have sold who we’ll be talking about today, as we pay tribute to one of the best in franchise history.

McAdoo was drafted by the Buffalo Braves with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft. He played with Buffalo until the 1976-1977 season, when he was traded to the New York Knicks.

He played in 334 games for Buffalo, averaging 28 points and 13 rebounds a game. His best season with the Braves, and for his career, came during the 1974-1975 campaign where he was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. During that season, McAdoo averaged 34.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per game. He’s one of four players in NBA history to average at least 34 and 14.

Here’s where McAdoo ranks in the all-time leaderboards in franchise history:

  • 9,434 points (3rd)
  • 4,229 rebounds (5th)
  • 614 blocks (5th)
  • 13,381 minutes (10th)
  • 28.2 points per game (2nd)
  • 12.7 rebounds per game (2nd)
  • 2.4 blocks per game (2nd)
  • 22.8 player efficiency rating (4th)
  • 95.4 defensive rating (1st)
  • 50.9 win shares (5th)