THE HISTORY OF NO. 25
The Clippers own the No. 25 pick in the first round of Thursday’s Draft.
They have never had a pick of their own that low, but have twice picked 25th since entering the league in 1970-71 as the Buffalo Braves. It is not an enviable position to be in, at least in terms of projecting what kind of talent could be available.
But while it is not as easy to grab an impact player as it may be in the lottery, teams have fared well in that position before.
Houston selected Nicolas Batum and traded him to Portland on Draft night in 2008. First-team All-Defensive selection Tony Allen went in that spot to Boston four years earlier. Carlos Delfino (Detroit), Gerald Wallace (Sacramento) and Al Harrington (Indiana) have all been chosen at No. 25 and gone on to have success for more than a decade.
Perhaps the best 25th pick of all-time is point guard Mark Price. He was a four-time All-Star with Cleveland in the late 80s and early 90s and finished as a 90.4 percent free throw shooter, the second best mark in league history.
In addition to the noted players and some youngsters (Tony Wroten and MarShon Brooks) who could have future potential, there was one other guy chosen at No. 25 who stood out. Little-known BYU forward Devin Durrant went at that spot in 1984 of what was then the first pick of round two.
While this Durrant managed just two NBA seasons before becoming a business executive and author, he was a first initial and single ‘r’ away from having the same name as one of the NBA’s most recognizable players.
The Clippers never had an opportunity at Kevin Durant or Devin Durrant, but the previous two times they selected No. 25 they wound up with Greg Minor from Louisville (1994) and Elmore Spencer from UNLV (1992).
Spencer, who was a rookie on the 1992-93 Clippers playoff team, played 139 games in L.A. before being traded to Denver for Bison Dele. Minor never suited up for the Clippers, though. He was dealt the day after the Draft along with Mark Jackson to Indiana for Eric Piatkowski, Pooh Richardson and Malik Sealy. Indirectly, Minor, who was waived by Indiana before beginning his brief career with the Celtics, was involved in the Dominique Wilkins trade that sent Danny Manning to Atlanta and brought the “Human Highlight Reel” to L.A.
The deal, which was consummated on Feb. 24, 1994, consisted of Manning in exchange for Wilkins and the No. 25 pick. Four months later, the Clippers used that pick on Minor.
NOTABLE PLAYERS PICKED AT NO. 25 IN DRAFT