Los Angeles Clippers 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 28, C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington
5-19-14: Although the Clippers won a franchise-best 57 games during the 2013-14 regular season, the team had yet another relatively early exit in the playoffs. No Clippers team has ever reached the conference finals. Unfortunately, the NBA’s problems with the Sterling family might deter the current players and coaches from staying with the team in the future. Darren Collison helped the Clippers even the series, but Los Angeles dropped Game 5 and Game 6. Chris Paul does not have the best history in the playoffs, but if he is with the Clippers for the 2014-15 season, he will look to lead his team to the conference finals.
5-12-14: The Andrew Bogut-less Golden State Warriors forced the Clippers to a Game 7, but the Clippers won, 126-121. Chris Paul’s 22 points, four steals and game-high 14 assists led the way for Los Angeles. DeAndre Jordan chipped in 15 points on perfect shooting from the field and brought down a game-high 18 rebounds. The Clippers continued their momentum into Game 1 of their second-round series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Paul put up 32 points to help the Clippers get the first game, but Serge Ibaka has stifled Blake Griffin. It will be difficult for Los Angeles to win this series if Griffin is not playing at his best.
5-5-14: Doc Rivers’ squad sure had a hectic week off the court. Between Games 3 and 4, audio was released that included Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks. In response, Clippers players sported black wristbands and wore their pregame shirts inside out to hide their logo. The Golden State Warriors defeated the visiting Clippers, 118-97, to even the series at two games apiece. However, Los Angeles bounced back on Tuesday, the day that Adam Silver banned Sterling for life. DeAndre Jordan put up game-highs in points and rebounds en route to the Clippers’ 113-103 home victory in Game 5. Jamal Crawford, who reportedly won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award, scored 19 points in Game 6, but the Clippers could not close out the series that night.
4-28-14: Game 1 was frustrating for the Clippers. Blake Griffin was in foul trouble and played just 19 minutes, but he sure bounced back in Games 2 and 3. After scoring only 16 points in the first game of the series, he has averaged 34 points per game since. Los Angeles dropped Game 1, 109-105, but proceeded to destroy the Golden State Warriors in Game 2. Behind Griffin’s game-high 35 points on Monday, the Clippers won, 138-98. Then, DeAndre Jordan shined in Game 3. He grabbed 22 rebounds, the most for any player in a playoff contest since Dwight Howard in 2009. Jordan helped the Clippers snap their five-game playoff road losing streak with the 98-96 win.
4-21-14: Just one year after the Clippers won a franchise-best 56 games, Los Angeles made it to 57 victories this past season. In Doc Rivers’ first year with the Clippers, he gave DeAndre Jordan the confidence he needed to succeed. Jordan’s 75 rebounds in April were by far a team-high as he was the game-high player in boards four times in the month. He finished with the most rebounds by any player in the 2013-14 season. In addition, his effective field-goal percentage was the best in the NBA. He will be looking to help Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in what hopes to be a long playoff run.
4-16-14: Los Angeles Clippers playoff tickets average $220 on the secondary market, which is 3rd in the western conference and 6th overall. The regular season average was $118, meaning there is a 72% premium for the playoffs. The Clippers are currently the 3rd seed in the west, and are set to face the Warriors in the opening round.
4-7-14: The Clippers finished their difficult five-game road trip on a very good note. This past week, they played in Houston, Minnesota and Phoenix and left each of those cities with victories. Although Los Angeles dropped Thursday’s contest against the Dallas Mavericks, that game was on the second night of a back-to-back set. On Saturday, Chris Paul scored 30 points and dished off a game-high 12 assists as the Clippers beat the Rockets by 11 points and moved to 30 games above .500. With victories against the Timberwolves on Monday and the Suns on Wednesday, the Clippers clinched their second consecutive Pacific Division title.
4-1-14: The Clippers faced some relatively easy opponents this past week and went 3-1. On Saturday, Chris Paul put up 28 points, 15 assists and six steals as Los Angeles beat the Detroit Pistons, 112-103. On Monday, the Clippers kept up their great play at home, as they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks by eight points. Blake Griffin scored 27 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds as the Clippers won their 50th game of the season. Unfortunately, Doc Rivers’ squad dropped Wednesday’s game at New Orleans, but Paul led the Clippers with a game-high 31 points on Thursday in their victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
3-24-14: The Clippers pushed their winning streak to double digits before losing in the high elevation in Denver on Monday. Behind Blake Griffin’s game-high 20 points on Friday, Los Angeles extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 96-87 victory over the Utah Jazz. The Clippers made it 11 consecutive wins as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-80, on Sunday. After a strong performance in that game, Blake Griffin was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week. Unfortunately, even though Chris Paul led the way with 29 points on Monday, the Clippers could not continue their winning streak as they fell by 10 points against the Nuggets.
3-17-14: The Clippers are continuing their domination of the league. With three more wins this past week, they have now won nine consecutive games. Each of Los Angeles’ three games were at the Staples Center this past week. On Saturday, Jamal Crawford returned from his calf injury to play 10 minutes, but it continued to bother him and he missed the other two games. However, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul made up for his absence. Griffin scored game-high points and Paul put up game-high assists in all three contests this past week as the Clippers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors.
3-10-14: The Clippers are arguably the hottest team in the league right now. They just seem to not be able to lose. This past week, Los Angeles doubled its winning streak from three to six games. On Saturday, the Clippers hosted the New Orleans Pelicans and blew them out, 108-76. Then, on Tuesday, Doc Rivers’ squad traveled to Phoenix, and Matt Barnes led the way. He scored a game-high 28 points in the Clippers’ victory over the Suns. After Blake Griffin was named the Western Conference Player of the Month, the Clippers had their largest margin of victory in franchise history with their 142-94 win over the Lakers.
3-3-14: Although the Clippers’ schedule has been difficult, they are finding their stride. They went on a three-game, four-day road trip against the Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans and finished with a solid 2-1 record. Interestingly, they swept the back-to-back set after falling to the Grizzlies, 102-96. On Sunday, the Clippers overcame Kevin Durant’s 42 points to beat the Thunder, 125-117. Then before Monday’s game, Glen Davis signed with the Clippers to reunite with Doc Rivers. Although Davis did not play that evening, Los Angeles defeated the Pelicans, 123-110. Blake Griffin kept up his strong scoring as he put up 23 points and a game-high 16 rebounds in the Clippers’ 101-93 victory over the Houston Rockets.
2-24-14: Chris Paul was the captain of the Western Conference for the All-Star Saturday festivities. He joined Blake Griffin on the All-Star team the following night. Blake Griffin dominated the first quarter of the All-Star game and finished with 19 made field goals, which set a new All-Star record. While a couple of Clippers had a busy All-Star weekend, the rest of the team got to rest and then played just one game this past week. Unfortunately, J.J. Redick, who missed his fifth consecutive game on Tuesday, is now out three to five weeks with a variety of injuries. Chris Paul had a frustrating game in the team’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Clippers also made a couple of trades that brought in a second-round pick and the rights to Cenk Akyol.
2-18-14: The Clippers bounced back from last week’s subpar performances to beat the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers this past week. Blake Griffin started Friday’s game very well and led the Clippers with 36 points en route to the team’s 118-105 victory over the Raptors. That marked the first time in Griffin’s career that he scored at least 30 points in three consecutive games. Then, Chris Paul played for the first time since January 3, and he helped Los Angeles defeat the 76ers by 45 points, which represented the Clippers’ largest margin of victory in a single game in franchise history. On Wednesday, the Clippers kept up their high scoring output as they beat the Blazers, 122-117.
2-10-14: After defeating the Utah Jazz by 15 points on Saturday, the Clippers were not able to put together a winning streak. They gave up 116 points on both Monday and Wednesday and lost both games. The first loss was in Denver on a Randy Foye buzzer-beater, and the second was a four-point defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat. Although Blake Griffin led all scorers in each of those losses, he definitely needs Chris Paul back soon. Fortunately, he could be back within a few days. The plan is for the Clippers star point guard to return on Sunday and play both of the team’s remaining games before the All-Star game.
2-4-14: The Grammy road trip finally is over, and the Chris Paul-less Clippers just finished playing nine games in nine different cities within a two-week stretch. They performed very well during this span to make a push towards the top of the Western Conference standings. During this past week, Los Angeles played five games, including two back-to-back sets. Blake Griffin’s near triple-double on Friday at Chicago and Jamal Crawford’s season-high 37 points on Saturday at Toronto got the Clippers a perfect 2-0 weekend. Then, Los Angeles blew out the Bucks in Milwaukee and returned home to defeat the Washington Wizards. However, the Clippers ran out of energy and could not complete the 5-0 week at Golden State.
1-27-14: This past week, the Clippers began their annual Grammy road trip, which includes seven different Eastern Conference opponents. On Friday at Madison Square Garden, Blake Griffin’s game-high 32 points led the way as Los Angeles defeated the New York Knicks. Although the Clippers’ five-game winning streak ended on Saturday in Indiana, that loss can be attributed to the difficult schedule. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back against the league’s best team is tough for any squad. However, the Clippers bounced back on Monday, as DeAndre Jordan’s 16 points and game-high 21 rebounds helped them get the win over the Pistons. Los Angeles’ success was short-lived though as the team fell to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday.
1-20-14: Although the Clippers defeated the Dallas Mavericks on January 3, Chris Paul, one of the best players in the league, went down with a separated shoulder. However, it was not a devastating blow because he is expected to return in about a month. Speaking of injured starters, the Clippers had been without J.J. Redick for more than a month before he returned on January 10, as Los Angeles continued its success at home. In his first game in a long time, he scored 19 points in 23 minutes as the Clippers dominated the Lakers. Then on Wednesday, he and his career-high 33 points helped the Clippers rally from a 17-point deficit to beat the Mavericks again.
1-7-14: The Clippers had a relatively light schedule this past week, as they played just three games, and they all took place at the Staples Center. On Saturday, Los Angeles hosted the Utah Jazz, and Blake Griffin’s season-high 40 points led the Clippers to their 21st victory of the season. In addition, Chris Paul filled the stat sheet with a near triple-double that night: 21 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and five steals. Although the Clippers dropped their game on Monday to the Phoenix Suns by 19 points, they bounced back to obliterate the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. Griffin led all scorers with 31 points in that contest.
12-30-13: The Clippers finished their homestand very well, but had a frustrating Christmas road trip afterwards. They began the week with Saturday’s 21-point victory over the Denver Nuggets. Jamal Crawford led all scorers in that contest with 27 points, the most he has put up in a game at the Staples Center this season. In addition, Blake Griffin added 24 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Then, on the next night, the Clippers mounted an unbelievable comeback in the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime, 120-116. The victory pushed their winning streak to a season-best five games. However, the Clippers suffered difficult losses on the road at Golden State and Portland later in the week that bumped their record back to 20-11.
12-22-13: The Clippers had a perfect 3-0 week, as they pushed their record to 18-9 in their attempt to assert themselves as one of the Western Conference’s best teams. Doc Rivers’ squad finished its seven-game road trip on Saturday in Washington with a 16-point victory. Chris Paul led all players in that game with 38 points, which are the most he has scored in a road contest this season. The Clippers then hosted the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans. Blake Griffin led his teammates in those games as he scored a combined 48 points to go with 19 rebounds.
12-13-13: The recent injury to J.J. Redick has really affected the Clippers’ offense. Although they remain in the top 10 in the league as far as offensive efficiency this season, the Clippers did not score 100 points in any of the four games in the last week. That marks the first time they have gone that long without scoring triple digits this season. The Clippers still went 2-2 over that stretch, which was part of a seven-game road trip. To help with the depth, the team signed Stephen Jackson, who made his 2013-14 debut on Wednesday in Boston. The Clippers sandwiched victories over the 76ers and Celtics with losses to the Cavaliers and Nets.
12-7-13: The Clippers made it look easy on Thursday in Memphis as they won 101-81 against the Grizzlies to make Doc Rivers the third active head coach with 600 wins. Although Chris Paul only had eight assists in that contest, it still led all players in that game. In addition, Paul leads all players in assists in 2013-14 by a large margin. However, a hamstring injury forced him to sit out against the Kings on the previous Friday. The Clippers still won that game, but they lost J.J. Redick for six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his right elbow. Los Angeles then lost to the Pacers on Sunday and in Atlanta on Wednesday.
11-28-13: The 11-5 Los Angeles Clippers took care of business this week, winning all three of their games – each against a struggling team. The wins over the Kings, Rose-less Bulls and New York Knicks are all important in the competitive Western Conference – especially after a tough early season schedule (5th toughest so far). Chris Paul strained his right hamstring on Wednesday night, but he expects to play Friday night against the Sacramento Kings.
11-22-13: The 8-5 Clippers are coming off a road loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night, after the typically strong Clippers offense couldn’t get into a rhythm. Despite playing the third toughest schedule in the NBA so far, Lob City is still meshing well and improving Doc Rivers’ defense each and every game and Chris Paul has had double digit assists in all 13 games this season. As the team flow improves and the schedule balances back out, the wins will continue to come for the Clippers.
11-15-13: L.A. has been executing perfectly lately, as they’ve ascended to 6-3 thanks to a 3-0 record in week three. Wins over tough opponents like the Rockets, T’Wolves and Thunder have the Clippers looking like one of the toughest teams out west, while they currently hold a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with the Golden State Warriors.
11-8-13: Lob City got started off right in 2013, as new additions J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley fit like gloves in the offense, and Chris Paul has been a man possessed through the first six games. Paul hasn’t been quite enough to eliminate concerns over L.A.s’ porous defense, however, as the Clips dropped three straight after opening the season with a 3-0 start.
11-1-13: Doc Rivers comes to town with the high expectations of bringing an NBA championship to the Clippers faithful. This team has made the playoffs in two consecutive seasons, but has not gotten past the Western Conference semifinals. Los Angeles made some offseason changes in order to buck that trend. The Clippers acquired Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick in addition to signing Darren Collison, Antawn Jamison and Byron Mullins. Collison, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan all performed well in the preseason, and Clippers fans would like to see that continue because all three players are key to the team’s success in 2013-14.
10-18-13: The Los Angeles Clippers are 3-1 in their first four games of the preseason, with the only loss coming at Sacramento. Jamal Crawford was Los Angeles’ leading scorer with 25 points coming off the bench in the loss. During the Clipper’s 106-74 blowout of the Utah Jazz in the second preseason game, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocks. The Clippers still have four preseason games remaining:
- Oct 18 vs Portland
- Oct 19 vs Denver
- Oct 23 vs Utah
- Oct 25 vs Sacramento
10-17-13: Maalik Wayns will miss six weeks because of knee surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. Wayns was injured in the Clippers' preseason game on Monday against the Kings.
8-26-13: The Clippers have agreed to sign free agent forward Antawn Jamison.
8-23-13: Any fear of a Lob City breakup was premature, as Chris Paul took little time in recommitting to the Los Angeles Clippers after signing his 5-year, $107M contract. Apparently throwing lobs to Blake Griffin, in Southern California, isn’t such a bad gig. The Clippers also landed free agent SG J.J. Redick whom they acquired in a three team sign and trade. The Clippers also acquired Jared Dudley in the deal in which they sent out promising young PG Eric Bledsoe along with Caron Butler. The team didn’t waste much time in replacing Bledsoe with Darren Collison, on a steal of a deal at 2-years, $3.9M. The Clippers also re-signed Matt Barnes and Ryan Hollins and brought in big man Byron Mullens for depth.
The Los Angeles Clippers open their home season schedule on Thursday, October 31st against the Golden State Warriors. They will face off against the Los Angeles Lakers, in the home locker room, on Friday, January 10th and again on Sunday, April 6th. The Oklahoma City Thunder visit on Wednesday, November 13th as well as on Wednesday, April 9th. LeBron James and the Miami Heat will face off against the Clippers on Wednesday, February 5th.
Key Home Games:
- October 31st – Golden State Warriors
- November 4th – Houston Rockets
- November 16th – Brooklyn Nets
- November 24th – Chicago Bulls
- February 5th – Miami Heat
8-21-13: After serving as vice president,
Chris Paul will replace Derek Fisher as president of the National Basketball Players Association. Chris Paul has been voted president of the National Basketball Players Association. Roger Mason will serve as first vice president. Steve Blake and Anthony Tolliver will also serve as vice presidents.
8-16-13: The Clippers appear poised to sign Lamar Odom. New head coach Doc Rivers has recently received rave reviews from former coach Vinny Del Negro. There were earlier reports that they were close to signed Antawn Jamison, but he believes they will sign Odom.
7-20-13: The Clippers have signed free agent center Byron Mullens to a two-year, $2 million deal.
7-7-13: The Clippers signed Darren Collison to a two-year deal worth $1.9 million.
7-4-13: The Clippers, Bucks and Suns have agreed on a 3-way trade that would send Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Suns, Jared Dudley and JJ Redick to the Clippers and two 2nd-round picks to Bucks.
7-1-13: Chris Paul has resigned with the Clippers on a 5-year $107.3 million deal. In the first year of the deal he’ll earn $18.8 million.
6-28-13: Doc Rivers will be the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers for the next three seasons thanks to a trade with the Celtics that brought Rivers to LA in exchange for an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick. He will make $21 million.
2013 Clippers Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 25: SF Reggie Bullock, North Carolina.
6-12-13: The Clippers have started to build a reputation around the league as being a regular season geared team. Their playoff performances have done nothing to offset this trend. This year ended in a first round exit at the hands of the Memphis Grizzles. In the playoffs the Clippers were outclassed and out-witted yet again. With the future of Chris Paul in the air, no one knows what lies ahead. The Clippers also refused to commit to head coach Vinny Del Negro for next season too. Recent there was slight controversy regarding the firing of Del Negro. Sources insinuated that the Clippers fired him in order to please Chris Paul. Paul refuted these allegations vehemently, denying any such thing was even remotely true.
11-26-12 - The Clippers have been impressive at home but have struggled a bit on the road. At 8-5 overall they are the Pacific division leaders through November. A recent three game losing streak is the cause for the slight dip in their record. This coming after two impressive wins against the Spurs and an opening night victory against Memphis.