2011–12 Los Angeles Clippers season

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2011–12 Los Angeles Clippers season
Head coach Vinny Del Negro
General manager Neil Olshey
Owner(s) Donald Sterling
Arena Staples Center
Results
Record 40–26 (.606)
Place Division: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 5th (Western)
Playoff finish Lost in Conference Semifinals to San Antonio (0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Prime Ticket, Fox Sports West
Radio KFWB
< 2010–11 2012–13 >

The 2011–12 Los Angeles Clippers season is the 42nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 34th season in Southern California, and their 28th season in Los Angeles. Following the 2011 NBA lockout each team only played 66 games instead of the usual 82. The Clippers finished 40–26, their best winning percentage in franchise history.[1] They finished the season as the #5 seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, they lost to the San Antonio Spurs 0–4 in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Key dates[edit]

Summary[edit]

NBA Draft 2011[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Team
2 37 Trey Thompkins PF  United States Georgia
2 47 Travis Leslie G  United States Georgia

Roster[edit]

2011–12 Los Angeles Clippers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 1 Billups, Chauncey Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1976–09–25 Colorado
G 12 Bledsoe, Eric 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1989–12–09 Kentucky
F 5 Butler, Caron 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1980–03–13 Connecticut
F 30 Evans, Reggie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1980–05–18 Iowa
G 4 Foye, Randy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1983–09–24 Villanova
F 15 Gomes, Ryan 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1982–09–01 Providence
F 32 Griffin, Blake (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 251 lb (114 kg) 1989–03–16 Oklahoma
C 6 Jordan, DeAndre 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1988–07–21 Texas A&M
G 23 Leslie, Travis (DL) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1990–03–29 Georgia
F 2 Martin, Kenyon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 234 lb (106 kg) 1977–12–30 Cincinnati
G 3 Paul, Chris (C) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1985–05–06 Wake Forest
F 21 Simmons, Bobby 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1980–06–02 DePaul
F 33 Thompkins, Trey 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1990–05–29 Georgia
G 25 Williams, Mo 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1982–12–19 Alabama
G/F 11 Young, Nick 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1985–06–01 Southern California
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2012–03–29

Roster notes[edit]

  • Forward Caron Butler becomes the 17th former Laker to play with the crosstown rival Clippers.
  • Forward Bobby Simmons makes his second tour of duty with the Clippers. He played for the team from 2003–2005.

Pre-season[edit]

Due to the 2011 NBA lockout negotiations, the programmed pre-season schedule, along with the first two weeks of the regular season were scrapped, and a two-game pre-season was set for each team once the lockout concluded.


2011 pre-season game log
2011–12 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Los Angeles Lakers 41 25 .621 0.0 26–7 15–18 9–5 66
x-Los Angeles Clippers 40 26 .606 1.0 24–9 16–17 7–7 66
Phoenix Suns 33 33 .500 8.0 19–14 14–19 9–5 66
Golden State Warriors 23 43 .348 18.0 12–21 11–22 7–8 66
Sacramento Kings 22 44 .333 19.0 16–17 6–27 3–10 66


Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c-San Antonio Spurs * 50 16 .758 66
2 y-Oklahoma City Thunder * 47 19 .712 3.0 66
3 y-Los Angeles Lakers * 41 25 .621 9.0 66
4 x-Memphis Grizzlies 41 25 .621 9.0 66
5 x-Los Angeles Clippers 40 26 .606 10.0 66
6 x-Denver Nuggets 38 28 .576 12.0 66
7 x-Dallas Mavericks 36 30 .545 14.0 66
8 x-Utah Jazz 36 30 .545 14.0 66
9 Houston Rockets 34 32 .515 16.0 66
10 Phoenix Suns 33 33 .500 17.0 66
11 Portland Trail Blazers 28 38 .424 22.0 66
12 Minnesota Timberwolves 26 40 .394 24.0 66
13 Golden State Warriors 23 43 .348 27.0 66
14 Sacramento Kings 22 44 .333 28.0 66
15 New Orleans Hornets 21 45 .318 29.0 66

Game log[edit]

2011–12 game log
Total: 40–26 (Home: 24–9; Road: 16–17)
2011–12 season schedule

First Round[edit]

(4) Memphis Grizzlies vs. (5) Los Angeles Clippers[edit]

April 29
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 99, Memphis Grizzlies 98
Scoring by quarter: 16–34, 23–24, 25–27, 35–13
Pts: Nick Young 19
Rebs: Reggie Evans 13
Asts: Chris Paul 11
Pts: Rudy Gay 19
Rebs: Marreese Speights 9
Asts: Mike Conley 8
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Greg Willard, Eric Lewis, Tom Washington,
May 2
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 98, Memphis Grizzlies 105
Scoring by quarter: 26–23, 21–28, 22–24, 29–30
Pts: Chris Paul 29
Rebs: Blake Griffin 9
Asts: Chris Paul 6
Pts: Rudy Gay 21
Rebs: Zach Randolph 8
Asts: Mike Conley 6
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ron Garretson, Sean Wright,
May 5
4:30 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 86, Los Angeles Clippers 87
Scoring by quarter: 22–23, 24–27, 25–14, 15–23
Pts: Rudy Gay 24
Rebs: Marc Gasol 10
Asts: Mike Conley 8
Pts: Chris Paul 24
Rebs: Reggie Evans 11
Asts: Chris Paul 11
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,060
Referees: Derrick Stafford, John Goble, Rodney Mott,
May 7
10:30 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 97, Los Angeles Clippers 101 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 26–32, 19–19, 19–18, 23–18, Overtime: 10–14
Pts: Mike Conley 25
Rebs: Zach Randolph 9
Asts: Mike Conley 8
Pts: Blake Griffin 30
Rebs: Chris Paul 9
Asts: Griffin, Paul 7 each
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,167
Referees: Mike Callahan, James Capers, Scott Wall,
May 9
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 80, Memphis Grizzlies 92
Scoring by quarter: 22–36, 20–21, 23–20, 15–15
Pts: Mo Williams 20
Rebs: Blake Griffin 11
Asts: Chris Paul 4
Pts: Marc Gasol 23
Rebs: Zach Randolph 10
Asts: Mike Conley 6
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Scott Foster, Bill Spooner, Gary Zielinski,
May 11
9:00 pm
Memphis Grizzlies 90, Los Angeles Clippers 88
Scoring by quarter: 25–16, 17–22, 24–28, 24–22
Pts: Marc Gasol 23
Rebs: Zach Randolph 15
Asts: Mike Conley 9
Pts: Blake Griffin 15
Rebs: Reggie Evans 10
Asts: Chris Paul 7
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,060
Referees: Dan Crawford, Marc Davis, Jason Phillips,
May 13
1:00 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 82, Memphis Grizzlies 72
Scoring by quarter: 16–13, 23–25, 16–18, 27–16
Pts: Chris Paul 19
Rebs: Kenyon Martin 10
Asts: Chris Paul 4
Pts: Gasol, Gay 19 each
Rebs: Zach Randolph 12
Asts: Mike Conley 5
L.A. Clippers wins series, 4–3
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Attendance: 18,119
Referees: Joe Crawford, Bill Kennedy, Monty McCutchen,

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (5) Los Angeles Clippers[edit]

May 15
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 92, San Antonio Spurs 108
Scoring by quarter: 29–29, 20–28, 23–30, 20–21
Pts: Eric Bledsoe 23
Rebs: Griffin, Jordan 9 each
Asts: Chris Paul 10
Pts: Tim Duncan 26
Rebs: Boris Diaw 12
Asts: Tony Parker 11
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Scott Foster, Derrick Collins, Ron Garretson,
May 17
9:30 pm
Los Angeles Clippers 88, San Antonio Spurs 105
Scoring by quarter: 21–29, 21–17, 25–32, 21–27
Pts: Blake Griffin 20
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 7
Asts: Chris Paul 5
Pts: Tony Parker 22
Rebs: Parker, Duncan 5 each
Asts: Parker, Ginóbili 5 each
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Attendance: 18,581
Referees: Ken Mauer, Ed Malloy, Leon Wood,
May 19
3:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 96, Los Angeles Clippers 86
Scoring by quarter: 11–33, 32–20, 26–8, 27–25
Pts: Tony Parker 23
Rebs: Tim Duncan 13
Asts: Tony Parker 10
Pts: Blake Griffin 28
Rebs: Blake Griffin 16
Asts: Chris Paul 11
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,060
Referees: Derrick Stafford, Tony Brothers, Tom Washington,
May 20
10:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs 102, Los Angeles Clippers 99
Scoring by quarter: 26–21, 25–26, 23–28, 28–24
Pts: Tim Duncan 21
Rebs: Tim Duncan 9
Asts: Tony Parker 5
Pts: Chris Paul 23
Rebs: DeAndre Jordan 8
Asts: Chris Paul 11
San Antonio wins series, 4–0
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,060
Referees: Joe Crawford, James Capers, Bill Spooner,

Injuries and surgeries[edit]

Player Injury Date Injury Type
Chauncey Billups February 6, 2012 Torn left Achilles tendon (out for the season)
Caron Butler April 29, 2012 Broken bone in left hand (out for 1 game)

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

December 14, 2011
To Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul
Two future second-round draft picks
To New Orleans Hornets
Al-Farouq Aminu
Eric Gordon
Chris Kaman
2012 first-round draft pick
March 15, 2012
To Los Angeles Clippers

Nick Young

To Washington Wizards
Brian Cook
2015 second-round draft pick

Free agents[edit]

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed Contract
Brian Cook July 1, 2011 One-year deal (Player Option)
DeAndre Jordan December 12, 2011 4-year deal (Matched offer by Golden State Warriors)

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former Team
Caron Butler December 9, 2011 Dallas Mavericks
Chauncey Billups December 12, 2011 New York Knicks
Reggie Evans December 22, 2011 Toronto Raptors
Solomon Jones January 4, 2012 Indiana Pacers
Courtney Fortson January 16, 2012 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
Kenyon Martin February 3, 2012 Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers (CBA)
Bobby Simmons February 27, 2012
Contract expired March 20
Re-signed March 24
Reno Bighorns (D-League)

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason left New team
Ike Diogu Renounced, December 9 San Antonio Spurs
Jamario Moon Renounced, December 9 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
Craig Smith Renounced, December 9 Portland Trail Blazers
Willie Warren Waived, December 19 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
Courtney Fortson Waived, January 27 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
Solomon Jones Waived, February 7 New Orleans Hornets

References[edit]

  1. ^ Markazi, Arash. Report cards: Del Negro. ESPN. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Report: NBA draft moving to Newark". ESPN.com. October 27, 2010. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010.