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No. 96: Greatest Clippers of All-Time: Dick Garrett

Throwback to the Buffalo days

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Dick Garrett

Time with Clippers: 1970-1973

Stats: 11.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 42.4 FG%, 26.9 MPG

Win Shares: 4.0


Dick Garrett had a very short NBA career, and most of it was spent with the Buffalo Braves. After a year with the Lakers, Garrett was drafted by the Braves in the 1970 NBA expansion draft.

He played 226 games over three seasons for Buffalo, averaging 11 points a game. During his first season with the team, Garrett averaged career-highs across the board. He averaged 12.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists, all the best during his career. There were 10 games that year in which he scored at least 20 points, including a season-high 28 on January 2 against the Cincinnati Royals.

Over the next two seasons, Garrett’s minutes and numbers would go down. After averaging 32 minutes his first season, Garrett averaged 26 the following year. His points per game dropped by two, and he was getting fewer rebounds and assists as well.

For the 1972-1973 campaign, his final year with the team, he was playing only 23 minutes a game. Yet again, his numbers took a hit. Although, he was averaging more assists per game (2.8) than the year prior.

On September 17, 1973, Garrett was waived by the Braves.

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