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No. 77: Greatest Clippers of All-Time: Billy Knight

A guaranteed bucket

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Billy Knight

Time with Clippers: 1977-1978

Stats: 22.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.5 SPG, 52 G, 40.7 MPG, 49.4 FG%

Win Shares: 6.0


Billy Knight only suited up for the Buffalo Braves for 52 games. That didn’t stop him from coming in at No. 77 on this list. Knight comes in with the 77th best win shares in franchise history, and he did it while playing in only 52 games! Imagine if he would have played for another season or two?

During his lone season in Buffalo, Knight was an All-Star. He averaged 23 points with seven rebounds and three assists a game. Being the best player for the Braves, Knight would have to play nearly every minute, as he averaged 41 minutes a game.

The first half was much more dominant for Knight, as he averaged 26 points a game through his first 31 games of the season. He scored at least 30 points 13 different times, including a 41-point performance. Knight was still solid over the remainder of the season, as he still was averaging nearly 19 points a game. However, it wasn’t at the production level of his first half.

Knight was with the Clippers when they moved to San Diego, but he never played a game for them in their new city. On August 4, 1978, Knight was traded to the Boston Celtics.


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