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No. 97: Greatest Clippers of All-Time: Mike Woodson

He was a player before he coached for them

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Mike Woodson

Time with Clippers: 1986-1988

Stats: 17.5 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.3 RPG, 1.4 STL, 44.1 FG%, 84.9 FT%, 30.3 MPG

Win Shares: 4.0


Before he was rocking a suit on the sideline and coaching for the Clippers, Mike Woodson played on the team himself. Woodson was on the Clips for two seasons back in the 1980’s.

After time throughout the league, Woodson came to LA in 1986. He appeared in 74 games, starting in all but eight of them. It was a really good season for Woodson, as he averaged 17 points a game in 28 minutes. He scored at least 20 points 32 times in his first season with the club. His best game of the year came on February 13, 1987, on the road at San Antonio. He scored 37 points, while adding five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

Woodson played in 80 games the following year, starting all but three of them. He averaged 18 points a game, the second most of his career. In addition, his 3.4 assists per game were also the highest of his career. Yet again, Woodson had 32 games in which he scored at least 20 points.

His best performance of the season came on New Year’s Day in 1988, where he dropped 36 points on the road at Madison Square Garden. He also had six assists, four rebounds and a steal.

That offseason, Woodson signed as a free-agent with the Houston Rockets.

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