CLIPPERS HISTORY ARCHIVE
1983-84 SEASON



Paul Silas's reign as head coach came to an end after the 1982-83 season, when he was replaced by Jim Lynam. Silas left the Clippers with a three-year record of 78-168 and a .317 winning percentage. The franchise made some major changes on the court as well. With Bill Walton a big question mark in the middle, the Clippers sent Chambers to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for 7-2 center James Donaldson. The team also picked up Norm Nixon in a deal that sent Swen Nater and rookie draftee Byron Scott to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Walton managed to play 55 games of the 1983-84 season, averaging 12.1 points and 8.7 rebounds. Terry Cummings turned in another exemplary performance, scoring 22.9 points and corralling 9.6 rebounds per contest. Nixon handed out 11.1 assists per game to tie for second in the NBA. The Clippers also featured second-year shooting guard Ricky Pierce, who would go on to win the NBA Sixth Man Award with the Milwaukee Bucks and then play for the Seattle SuperSonics teams in the early 1990s. Pierce averaged fewer than 20 minutes per game but still managed to average 9.9 points.

San Diego lost the season opener to Portland, then beat the Denver Nuggets, 141-128, to post a 1-1 record for October. It was the only .500 month the team would see for the remainder of the season. The Clippers' best showing was in March, when they went 7-9. The club did manage to win three games in a row three times during the season, but that was more than offset by a trio of six-game losing streaks, a pair of four-game losing streaks, and three three-game losing streaks. The overall tally was 30-52 for a last-place finish in the Pacific Division.

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