List of Los Angeles Clippers seasons

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The Clippers competing during the 2004–05 NBA season

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.[1] 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.[1] In the 1972 NBA Draft, the Braves selected Bob McAdoo,[2] who later won such awards as Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player.[3] During McAdoo's years (1972–76) with the franchise,[4] 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 2013–14 season. They passed the first round of the playoffs four times (1975–76, 2005–06, 2011–12, and 2013-14). The 30-year drought between winning a playoffs round is the longest in the league history.[5] 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".[6] 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.[7] Overall, their winning percentage through the years is .367, with 1303 wins and 2175 losses.

Table key[edit]

A basketball player is signing a basketball
Sam Cassell was the co-captain of the Clippers during their 2005–06 post-season appearance.[8]
Finish Final position in league or division standings
GB Games behind first-place team in division[a]
L Number of regular season losses
AMVP All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
EOY Executive of the Year
MVP Most Valuable Player
ROY Rookie of the Year
MIP Most Improved Player
SPOR Sportsmanship Award
W Number of regular season wins

Seasons[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2013–14 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
Buffalo Braves
1970–71 1970-71 Eastern 7th Atlantic 4th 22 60 .268 30
1971–72 1971-72 Eastern 8th Atlantic 4th 22 60 .268 34
1972–73 1972-73 Eastern 7th Atlantic 3rd 21 61 .256 47 Bob McAdoo (ROY)
1973–74 1973-74 Eastern 4th Atlantic 3rd 42 40 .512 14 Lost Conference Semifinals (Celtics) 2–4[9] Ernie DiGregorio (ROY)
Eddie Donovan (EOY)
1974–75 1974-75 Eastern 3rd Atlantic 2nd 49 33 .598 11 Lost Conference Semifinals (Bullets) 3–4[10] Bob McAdoo (MVP)
1975–76 1975-76 Eastern 5th Atlantic 2nd 46 36 .561 8 Won First Round (76ers) 2–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Celtics) 2–4[11]
1976–77 1976-77 Eastern 10th Atlantic 4th 30 52 .366 20 Adrian Dantley (ROY)
1977–78 1977-78 Eastern 10th Atlantic 4th 27 55 .329 28 Randy Smith (AMVP)
San Diego Clippers
1978–79 1978-79[d] Western 7th Pacific 5th 43 39 .524 9
1979–80 1979-80 Western 7th Pacific 5th 35 47 .427 25
1980–81 1980-81 Western 9th Pacific 5th 36 46 .439 21
1981–82 1981-82 Western 12th Pacific 6th 17 65 .207 40
1982–83 1982-83 Western 11th Pacific 6th 25 57 .305 33 Terry Cummings (ROY)
1983–84 1983-84 Western 11th Pacific 6th 30 52 .366 24
Los Angeles Clippers
1984–85 1984-85[e] Western 11th Pacific 4th 31 51 .378 31
1985–86 1985-86 Western 10th Pacific 3rd 32 50 .390 30
1986–87 1986-87 Western 12th Pacific 6th 12 70 .146 53
1987–88 1987-88 Western 12th Pacific 6th 17 65 .207 45
1988–89 1988-89 Western 11th Pacific 7th 12 70 .146 36
1989–90 1989-90 Western 11th Pacific 6th 21 61 .267 33
1990–91 1990-91 Western 10th Pacific 6th 31 51 .378 32
1991–92 1991-92 Western 7th Pacific 5th 45 37 .549 12 Lost First Round (Jazz) 2–3[12]
1992–93 1992-93 Western 7th Pacific 4th 41 41 .500 21 Lost First Round (Rockets) 2–3[13]
1993–94 1993-94 Western 11th Pacific 7th 27 55 .329 36
1994–95 1994-95 Western 13th Pacific 7th 17 65 .207 42
1995–96 1995-96 Western 11th Pacific 7th 29 53 .354 35
1996–97 1996-97 Western 8th Pacific 5th 36 46 .439 21 Lost First Round (Jazz) 0–3[14]
1997–98 1997-98 Western 13th Pacific 7th 17 65 .207 44
1998–99[f] 1998-99 Western 13th Pacific 7th 9 41 .180 26
1999–00 1999-00 Western 14th Pacific 7th 15 67 .183 52
2000–01 2000-01 Western 12th Pacific 6th 31 51 .378 25
2001–02 2001-02 Western 9th Pacific 5th 39 43 .476 22
2002–03 2002-03 Western 13th Pacific 7th 27 55 .329 32
2003–04 2003-04 Western 14th Pacific 7th 28 54 .341 28
2004–05 2004-05 Western 10th Pacific 3rd 37 45 .451 25 Bobby Simmons (MIP)
2005–06 2005-06 Western 6th Pacific 2nd 47 35 .573 7 Won First Round (Nuggets) 4–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Suns) 3–4[16]
Elgin Baylor (EOY)
Elton Brand (SPOR)
2006–07 2006-07 Western 9th Pacific 4th 40 42 .488 21
2007–08 2007-08 Western 12th Pacific 5th 23 59 .280 34
2008–09 2008-09 Western 14th Pacific 4th 19 63 .232 46
2009–10 2009-10 Western 12th Pacific 3rd 29 53 .353 28
2010–11 2010-11 Western 13th Pacific 4th 32 50 .390 25 Blake Griffin (ROY)
2011–12[g] 2011-12 Western 5th Pacific 2nd 40 26 .606 1 Won First Round (Grizzlies) 4–3
Lost Conference Semifinals (Spurs) 0–4
2012–13 2012-13 Western 4th Pacific 1st 56 26 .683 Lost First Round (Grizzlies) 2–4 Chris Paul (AMVP)
2013–14 2013-14 Western 3rd Pacific 1st 57 25 .695 Won First Round (Warriors) 4–3
Lost Conference Semifinals (Thunder) 2–4
Jamal Crawford (SMOY)
2014–15 2014-15 Western Pacific 0 0 .000

All-time records[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2013–14 season.

Statistic Wins Losses W–L%
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) 915 1,497 .379
All-time regular season record (1970–present) 1,360 2,200 .382
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) 23 32 .418
All-time post-season record (1970–present) 32 45 .416
All-time regular and post-season record (1970–present) 1,392 2,245 .383

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The formula is as followed: \mathrm{Games}\ \mathrm{behind} = \frac{(\mathrm{Team A's}\ \mathrm{wins}-\mathrm{Team B's}\ \mathrm{wins}) + (\mathrm{Team B's}\ \mathrm{losses} - \mathrm{Team A's}\ \mathrm{losses})}{\mathrm{2}}
  2. ^ a b The Conf. finish and Div. finish column lists regular season results and excludes postseason play.
  3. ^ a b The Wins and Losses columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only below the table.
  4. ^ The team relocated to San Diego, California.
  5. ^ The team relocated to Los Angeles, California.
  6. ^ 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.[15]
  7. ^ 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.[17]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "The Official Page of the Buffalo Braves". NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "1972–1976 NBA Drafts". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Clippers Records" (PDF). NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. p. 79 (2 of 21). Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bob McAdoo". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ Reid, Jason (May 2, 2006). "Series Is a Breakout Hit". Los Angeles Times. latimes.com. Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "SIVault". Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. SI.com. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ Eric Patten (April 7, 2013). "CLIPPERS WIN FIRST PACIFIC DIVISION TITLE". Los Angeles Clippers official website. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ Reid, Jason (February 26, 2006). "Cassell Proves to Be the Real Steal". Los Angeles Times. latimes.com. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ "1973–74 Los Angeles Clippers". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "1974–75 Los Angeles Clippers". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "1975–76 Los Angeles Clippers". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "1991–92 Los Angeles Clippers". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ "1992–93 Los Angeles Clippers". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ "1996–97 Los Angeles Clippers". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ Donovan, John (February 4, 1999). "Let the semi-season begin: Expect injuries, intensity and a new champion in '99". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ "2005–06 Los Angeles Clippers". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  17. ^ Beck, Howard (November 28, 2011). "Two Exhibition Games for N.B.A. Teams". The New York Times. Retrieved November 28, 2011.