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Tom Chambers - 1981
The Clippers finished 36-46 following their third season in San Diego, earning them the eighth selection in the 1981 NBA Draft. The Clippers selected a high-scoring forward out of the University of Utah, Tom Chambers. One of the most explosive scorers in the nation as a senior, the six-foot-10 Chambers led the Utes with 18.6 points and 8.7 rebounds. In his first season in the NBA, Chambers stepped in and immediately made an impact for the 1981-82 Clippers. While the team struggled to win 17 games, Chambers led the club in scoring (17.2 ppg) and was named the NBA Rookie of The Month in January, 1982. As a rookie Chambers played in 81 games and shot an impressive 52.5 percent (554-1,056) from the field. Chambers played one more season for the Clippers, averaging 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in 79 games during the 1982-83 season while teaming up with the 1983 Rookie of the Year, Terry Cummings. That summer, the Clippers sent Chambers to Seattle along with Al Wood, a 1984 third round pick and a 1987 second round pick to the Seattle Supersonics for James Donaldson, Greg Kelser, Mark Radford a 1985 second round pick and a first round selection in the 1984 NBA Draft that became Clipper legend Michael Cage. Chambers career took off once he joined the Sonics, as he went on to play 14 more NBA seasons for Seattle, Phoenix, Utah, Charlotte and Philadelphia. The Clippers former number eight selection developed into a four-time NBA All-Star who was the 1987 All-Star Game MVP and a member of the All-NBA Second Team in 1988-89 and 1989-90. Chambers appeared in a total of 1,107 games in his NBA career, finishing with averages of 18.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Lancaster Gordon - 1984
The Clippers drafted University of Louisville standout Lancaster Gordon with the eighth selection in the 1984 NBA Draft, hoping the tough guard would be the perfect backcourt complement to their two all-star quality guards, Norm Nixon and Marques Johnson. A true Louisville legend, Gordon averaged 14.7 points and 3.5 rebounds as a senior and helped lead the Cardinals to a combined 102-34 record and two Final Four appearances during his Louisville career (1980-84). A Second-team All-American, Gordon finished his college career as one of the Cardinals all-times leaders in scoring, steals and games played. The Clippers acquired the chance to select Gordon four years earlier when they traded World B. Free to the Golden State Warriors for Phil Smith and the first round pick that would be used on Gordon after the Clippers selected him with the eighth pick in 1984. The Jackson, Mississippi native appeared in 63 games as a rookie, averaging 4.1 points, 1.4 assists and 1.0 rebound per game. Gordon played a total of four seasons in Los Angeles before he was waived on Feb. 26, 1988. In his career, Gordon 5.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 201 games.
Bo Kimble - 1990
One of the most famous college basketball players of all-time, Bo Kimble joined the Clippers from Loyola Marymount University with the eighth pick in the 1990 NBA Draft. Kimble enjoyed a scintillating college career, partnering with the incomparable Hank Gathers and head coach Paul Westhead to bring a record-breaking brand of college basketball to Los Angeles and the nation. After starting his college career at USC in 1985-86, Kimble transferred to Loyola Marymount and averaged a whopping 35.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in 32 games as a senior in 1989-90. The right-handed Kimble led Loyola Marymount to the NCAA Tournamentís Elite Eight and seized the national stage by shooting and making the first free throw of every game left-handed in honor of his fallen teammate and best friend Hank Gathers, who passed away during a West Coast Conference Tournament game. Following his sensational senior season, the Clippers selected Kimble to continue to play his home games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, where he also starred for Loyola Marymount. In two seasons with the Clippers, he appeared in 96 games and averaged 5.1 points per game. Prior to the 1992-93 season, Kimble was included in a three-team trade that landed him in New York while bringing Mark Jackson and a 1995 second round draft pick and Stanley Roberts to the Clippers. Kimble finished his NBA career in New York, playing in nine games for the Knicks.
Chris Wilcox - 2002
After a 39-43 campaign in 2001-02 that saw the Clippers finish in fifth place in the Pacific Division, the Clippers selected University of Maryland star Chris Wilcox with the eighth pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. Joining a promising young lineup that featured Elton Brand, Lamar Odom and Corey Maggette, Wilcox stepped in and appeared in 46 games as a rookie, averaging 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds. Wilcox left Maryland after two strong seasons that saw him help the Terrapins to the NCAA Championship in 2002. The Raleigh, North Carolina native averaged 12.0 points and 7.9 rebounds as a sophomore for Maryland. Wilcox would play two more complete seasons for the Clippers, averaging 8.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 65 games in 2003-04 and then 7.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 2004-05. With the Clippers enjoying unprecedented success in 2005-06 and in the thick of the Pacific Division playoff race, Los Angeles shipped Wilcox to Seattle near the NBA trade deadline in exchange for forward Vladimir Radmanovic on Feb. 14, 2006. Wilcox continued to stay with the Seattle organization through their move to Oklahoma City and has also played for the Knicks. Wilcox 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 34 games with the Pistons in 2009-10.
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