List of Los Angeles Clippers seasons
The Los Angeles Clippers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, United States. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and are a member of the NBA Western Conference's Pacific Division. The Clippers were founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves. They were one of three franchises that joined the NBA in the 1970–71 season. The Braves moved to San Diego, California after the 1977–78 season, and became known as the San Diego Clippers. For the 1984–85 NBA season, the Clippers moved north to Los Angeles and became known as the Los Angeles Clippers.
On October 14, 1970, the Braves beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107–92 in their first game. In the 1972 NBA Draft, the Braves selected Bob McAdoo, who later won such awards as Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. During McAdoo's years (1972–76) with the franchise, the Braves reached the post-season three times and had a record of nine wins and 13 losses during that time.
Overall, the Clippers have qualified for the post-season nine times; most recently in the 2012–13 season. They passed the first round of the playoffs three times (1975–76, 2005–06 and 2011-12). The 30-year drought between winning a playoffs round is the longest in the league history. They also had nine seasons with a winning percentage of .500 or better. In their April 17, 2000 issue, the Sports Illustrated had three Clippers fans on the cover that stated "The worst franchise in sports history". The Clippers have never won league or Conference titles, let alone play in either title game in their 40-year history. They got their first division title in the 2012-13 season, their 43rd year in the league. Overall, their winning percentage through the years is .367, with 1303 wins and 2175 losses.
|AMVP||All-Star Game Most Valuable Player|
|Finish||Final position in league or division standings|
|GB||Games behind first-place team in division[a]|
|L||Number of regular season losses|
|EOY||Executive of the Year|
|MVP||Most Valuable Player|
|ROY||Rookie of the Year|
|MIP||Most Improved Player|
|W||Number of regular season wins|
Note: Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2012–13 season.
|Playoff berth ¤||Division champions ^|
|Season||Team||Conference (Conf.)||Conf. finish[b]||Division (Div.)||Div. finish[b]||W[c]||L[c]||Win%||Games behind (GB)||Playoffs||Awards|
|1972–73||1972-73||Eastern||70007000000000000007th||Atlantic||3rd||21||61||.256||47||Bob McAdoo (ROY)|
|1973–74||1973-74||Eastern||70004000000000000004th ¤||Atlantic||3rd||42||40||.512||14||Lost Conference Semifinals to Boston Celtics, 4–2||Ernie DiGregorio (ROY)
Eddie Donovan (EOY)
|1974–75||1974-75||Eastern||70003000000000000003rd ¤||Atlantic||2nd||49||33||.598||11||Lost Conference Semifinals to Washington Bullets, 4–3||Bob McAdoo (MVP)|
|1975–76||1975-76||Eastern||70005000000000000005th ¤||Atlantic||2nd||46||36||.561||8||Won First Round vs. Philadelphia 76ers. 2–1
Lost Conference Semifinals to Boston Celtics, 4–2
|1976–77||1976-77||Eastern||700110000000000000010th||Atlantic||4th||30||52||.366||20||Adrian Dantley (ROY)|
|1977–78||1977-78||Eastern||700110000000000000010th||Atlantic||4th||27||55||.329||28||Randy Smith (AMVP)|
|San Diego Clippers|
|1982–83||1982-83||Western||700111000000000000011th||Pacific||6th||25||57||.305||33||Terry Cummings (ROY)|
|Los Angeles Clippers|
|1991–92||1991-92||Western||70007000000000000007th ¤||Pacific||5th||45||37||.549||12||Lost First Round to Utah Jazz, 3–2||—|
|1992–93||1992-93||Western||70007000000000000007th ¤||Pacific||4th||41||41||.500||21||Lost First Round to Houston Rockets, 3–2||—|
|1996–97||1996-97||Western||70008000000000000008th ¤||Pacific||5th||36||46||.439||21||Lost First Round to Utah Jazz, 3–0||—|
|2004–05||2004-05||Western||700110000000000000010th||Pacific||3rd||37||45||.451||25||Bobby Simmons (MIP)|
|2005–06||2005-06||Western||70006000000000000006th ¤||Pacific||2nd||47||35||.573||7||Won First Round vs. Denver Nuggets, 4–1
Lost Conference Semifinals to Phoenix Suns, 4–3
|Elgin Baylor (EOY)
Elton Brand (SPOR)
|2010–11||2010-11||Western||700113000000000000013th||Pacific||4th||32||50||.390||25||Blake Griffin (ROY)|
|2011–12[g]||2011-12||Western||70005000000000000005th ¤||Pacific||2nd||40||26||.606||1||Won First Round vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4–3
Lost Conference Semifinals to San Antonio Spurs 4–0
|2012-13||2012-13||Western||70004000000000000004th ¤||Pacific||70001000000000000001st ^||56||26||.683||Lost First Round to Memphis Grizzlies, 4–2||Chris Paul (AMVP)|
Note: Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2012–13 season.
|Buffalo Braves regular season record (1970–1978)||259||397||.395|
|San Diego Clippers regular season record (1978–1984)||186||306||.378|
|Los Angeles Clippers regular season record (1984–present)||858||1,472||.368|
|All-time regular season record (1970–present)||1,303||2,175||.375|
|Buffalo Braves post-season record (1970–1978)||9||13||.409|
|San Diego Clippers post-season record (1978–1984)||0||0||.000|
|Los Angeles Clippers post-season record (1984-present)||17||25||.405|
|All-time post-season record (1970–present)||26||38||.406|
|All-time regular and post-season record (1970–present)||1,329||2,213||.375|
- The formula is as followed:
- The Conf. finish and Div. finish column lists regular season results and excludes postseason play.
- The Wins and Losses columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only below the table.
- The team relocated to San Diego, California.
- The team relocated to Los Angeles, California.
- Due to a lockout, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, and all 29 teams played a shortened 50 game regular season schedule.
- Due to a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011 and all 30 teams played a shortened 66 game regular season schedule.
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