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No. 98: Greatest Clippers of All-Time: Junior Bridgeman

A brief two-year stint

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Junior Bridgeman

Time with Clippers: 1984-1986

Stats: 11.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 45.7 FG%, 35.1 3P%, 138 G, 29 GS

Win Shares: 3.9


The first nine seasons of Junior Bridgeman’s NBA career were spent in Milwaukee with the Bucks. He was traded to the Clippers in September of 1984, along with Harvey Catchings and Marques Johnson.

Bridgeman appeared in 80 games for the Clippers during the 1984-1985 campaign, but only started in 15 of them. He was a great scorer off the bench for the Clips, averaging 14 points a game in only 25 minutes. That season, he shot just under 47 percent from the field and just under 88 percent from the free-throw line.

He scored at least 15 points off the bench 28 times that season, including at least 20 points eight separate times. Bridgeman scored 30 points in a loss against the Cavaliers that season, but he started that game and played 38 minutes.

Bridgeman appeared in only 58 games the following season as he dealt with injuries. He mainly came off the bench, as he started only 14 games that season. His minutes were down, and so was his productivity. He was only seeing the court 20 minutes a night, and was averaging just under nine points a game. There were only four games in which he scored at least 15 points off the bench. His best game of the season came on February 23 against the Knicks, where he scored 25 points in 19 minutes off the bench.

That offseason, Bridgeman was traded to the Sacramento Kings.

There are no highlights from his Clippers days, so check out these highlights of him from a contest in 1980.... against the Clippers!


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