Every day through April, we’ve been paying tribute to the best wearers of certain numbers in Clippers history. Some days there are obvious choices, some days there are difficult choices. Some days there are only one player, like yesterday, shoutout to Wang Zhizhi!
Today, well, we’re not going to honor the best. We’re going to honor all four players who have worn No. 17, because... well, I honestly don’t know who is the “best”.
Nate Bowman (1970-1971)
Nate Bowman played the final year of his five-year NBA career with the Buffalo Braves. He appeared in 44 games, averaging three points and four rebounds in 11 minutes. That’s about all we have on Bowman. Hey, he’ll always be the first No. 17 in team history!
Tony Brown (1991-1992)
A player didn’t wear the number 17 for 20 years. Next up is Tony Brown. He played for seven different teams before joining the Clippers in 1991. His tenure with the team was short, as he was there for only 22 games. He averaged five points and one rebound in just under 12 minutes. He was traded to Seattle midway through the season.
Courtney Fortson (2012)
We have our shortest-tenured Clipper on this list! Courtney Fortson played in a whopping four games with the Clippers back during the CP3/Blake era. He averaged 11 minutes in those four games, along with two rebounds and one assist. He was waived by the Clippers and picked up by the Rockets.
Garrett Temple (2019)
The most recent player to wear No. 17 was Garrett Temple, who came over in a mid-season trade with the Grizzlies. Temple played in. 26 games with the Clippers. He played 20 minutes a game, averaging five points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal per game.