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Los Angeles Clippers
(17-65, 7th in Pacific, 44 games back)
DRAFT PICKS: (1, 22)

1998 Draft Order
Round Pick Name School Position
   1 1 Michael Olowokandi Pacific C
   1 22 Brian Skinner Baylor PF

Team Strengths
  • Athletic Forwards
  • Young Nucleus
  • Team Statistics
      PPG FG% REBs TOs
    Clippers 95.9 (13th).438 (23rd)40.4 (22nd)16.1 (21st)
    Opponents 103.3 (27th).474 (26th)44.4 (25th)14.1 (25th)
    Weaknesses
  • Defense
  • Reputation
  • Experience
  • Changes
  • Bill Fitch Out As Head Coach
  • Agreed To Play In New Staples Center In '99
  • Needs
  • Playmaker
  • #1 Scoring Option
  • Notes:
  • Finished in the bottom five of the league in defensive PPG (27th), FG% (26th), 3-point FG% (25th) and rebounding (25th)
  • Clippers were hurt by the back injury to Loy Vaught that caused him to miss 71 games. Heading into this season, Vaught totaled 91 double-doubles over the last two seasons. This year he had only one
  • Lamond Murray's 15.4 ppg was the lowest scoring average to lead a team this season
  • Exactly 10 years ago, the Clippers finished 17-65, won the NBA Draft Lottery and went on to take the son of a former NBA player (D.Manning). Will this year's team pick be Mike Bibby, son of former NBAer Henry Bibby?
  • Beat only three teams with winning records this season (San Antonio, New Jersey and Utah)
  • Clippers was 11-41 (.211) before they got Ike Austin and 6-24 (.200) after the trade
  • The Clippers scored a franchise-record 152 points vs. the Raptors on March 13th - it was the high in the NBA this season
  • The Clippers used 19 different starting lineups this year, none of which won more than four games
  • They were one of five teams to allow 100+ points a game (Minnesota, Denver, Vancouver and Toronto)
  • First Round Draft Picks in the 90's
    1990 Bo Kimble, G, Loyola Marymount (8)
    1990 Loy Vaught, F, Michigan (13)
    1991 LeRon Ellis, F, Syracuse (22)
    1992 Randy Woods, G, La Salle (16)
    1992 Elmore Spencer, C, UNLV (25)
    1993 Terry Dehere, G, Seton Hall (13)
    1994 LaMond Murray, F, California (7)
    1994 Greg Minor, G/F, Louisville (25)
    1995 Antonio McDyess, F, Alabama (2)
    1996 Lorenzen Wright, C, Memphis (7)
    1997 Maurice Taylor, F, Michigan (14)
    Complete draft list over the years
    Players by Position
    Small Forwards Power Forwards Centers Point Guards Shooting Guards
    Lamond Murray
    Rodney Rogers
    Lorenzen Wright
    Maurice Taylor
    Loy Vaught
    Isaac Austin
    Keith Closs
    Stojko Vrankovic
    Darrick Martin
    Pooh Richardson
    Charles Smith
    Eric Piatkowski
    James Collins
    James Robinson
    Free Agents
    1998 1999 2000
    Isaac Austin
    Darrick Martin
    James Collins
    Rodney Rogers (P-FA) ETO
    Loy Vaught
    Lamond Murray
    Lorenzen Wright
    Eric Piatkowski
    Stojko Vrankovic
    Pooh Richardson
    Keith Closs (P-FA)
    Maurice Taylor
    Charles Smith
     

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