Time with Clippers: 1998-2001
Stats: 11.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 137 G, 28.7 MPG, 40.6 FG%
Win Shares: 4.5
After going un-drafted in the 1998 NBA draft, Tyrone Nesby decided to start his career by playing in the Continental Basketball Association. He signed a contract with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. After spending a year in the CBA, he joined the Clippers in their training camp.
During his rookie campaign, Nesby started in majority of the games for the Clips. In 26 minutes a night, the 23-year-old rookie averaged 10 points, along with 3.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He really picked things up and was looking like one of the better rookies to close out the season.
Over his final 19 games, Nesby averaged 12.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals a game. He capped off his rookie campaign with an incredible performance against the Seattle Sonics. Nesby dropped 30 points, while adding seven steals, four rebounds and four assists. Only eight players in the NBA have had that stat line since Nesby did it 21 years ago.
Nesby improved his game the following season. His scoring went up to 13 points a game, as most of his time came off the bench. For the second season in a row, he finished his season on a high note. Over his final 20 games, Nesby averaged 17 points, four rebounds and two assists a game. He scored at least 20 points 10 times. Over his final seven games, Nesby was averaging 22 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals a game.
Nesby would only appear in 14 games the following year for the Clippers. He was traded to the Washington Wizards for Obinna Ekezie and Cherokee Parks.