2018–19 Los Angeles Clippers season

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2018–19 Los Angeles Clippers season
Head coachDoc Rivers
General managerMichael Winger
Owner(s)Steve Ballmer
ArenaStaples Center
Results
Record48–34 (.585)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 8th (Western)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Warriors 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports West and Prime Ticket
KCOP-TV
RadioKLAC
< 2017–18 2019–20 >

The 2018–19 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 49th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 41st season in Southern California, and their 35th season in Los Angeles.

For the first time since the 2014–15 season, Austin Rivers was not on the roster following a trade to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Marcin Gortat, ending the father-son duo with his father, Doc Rivers. Additionally, longtime center DeAndre Jordan opted out of his contract with the Clippers, and became a free agent. On July 6, 2018, he signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.[1][2]

In their first full season without stars Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers still produced a winning season by March 19, and clinched a playoff berth on March 26, 2019, following a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, making their first playoff appearance since 2017.

In the playoffs, the Clippers faced the defending two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the First Round, losing in six games. The two teams previously met in the 2014 playoffs, in which the Clippers won in seven games admist a scandal surrounding former owner Donald Sterling. They were the first team since the 2016 playoffs to beat the Warriors twice on the road.

In Game 2 of the First Round, the Clippers set an NBA record for the largest comeback in playoff history, overcoming a 31-point deficit in the third quarter, en route to defeating the Warriors 135–131 to tie the series 1–1.[3][4]

Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 12 Miles Bridges SF  United States Michigan State
1 13 Jerome Robinson SG  United States Boston College

Roster[edit]

Los Angeles Clippers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 21 Beverley, Patrick 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1988–07–12 Arkansas
G 11 Bibbs, Justin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1996–01–14 Virginia Tech
F 22 Chandler, Wilson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1987–05–10 DePaul
C 31 Delgado, Ángel (TW) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1994–11–20 Seton Hall
F 8 Gallinari, Danilo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1988–08–08 Italy
G 2 Gilgeous-Alexander, Shai 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1998–07–12 Kentucky
F 4 Green, JaMychal 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 227 lb (103 kg) 1990–06–21 Alabama
F/C 5 Harrell, Montrezl 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1994–01–26 Louisville
G/F 19 McGruder, Rodney 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991–07–29 Kansas State
F 15 Motley, Johnathan (TW) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1995–05–04 Baylor
G 10 Robinson, Jerome 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1997–02–22 Boston College
G 20 Shamet, Landry 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1997–03–13 Wichita State
G/F 17 Temple, Garrett 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1986–05–08 LSU
G 0 Thornwell, Sindarius 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1994–11–15 South Carolina
G 9 Wallace, Tyrone 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1994–06–10 California
G 23 Williams, Lou 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1986–10–27 South Gwinnett HS (GA)
C 40 Zubac, Ivica 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1997–03–18 Croatia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–02–09

Roster notes[edit]

  • Forward Luc Mbah a Moute is on his second tour of duty with the Clippers. Played in only 4 games before getting a knee injury and was eventually waived. He previously played for the team from 2015 to 2017.
  • Center Ivica Zubac is the 29th former Lakers player to play for the Clippers and only the second time it occurred through a direct trade between the two teams since 1983.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
cGolden State Warriors 57 25 .695 0.0 30–11 27–14 13–3 82
xLos Angeles Clippers 48 34 .585 9.0 26–15 22–19 11–5 82
Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 18.0 24–17 15–26 4–12 82
Los Angeles Lakers 37 45 .451 20.0 22–19 15–26 9–7 82
Phoenix Suns 19 63 .232 38.0 12–29 7–34 3–13 82

By Conference[edit]

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cGolden State Warriors * 57 25 .695 82
2 yDenver Nuggets * 54 28 .659 3.0 82
3 xPortland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 4.0 82
4 yHouston Rockets * 53 29 .646 4.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 50 32 .610 7.0 82
6 xOklahoma City Thunder 49 33 .598 8.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 9.0 82
8 xLos Angeles Clippers 48 34 .585 9.0 82
9 Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 18.0 82
10 Los Angeles Lakers 37 45 .451 20.0 82
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 36 46 .439 21.0 82
12 Memphis Grizzlies 33 49 .402 24.0 82
13 New Orleans Pelicans 33 49 .402 24.0 82
14 Dallas Mavericks 33 49 .402 24.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 19 63 .232 38.0 82

Game log[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2018 preseason game log
Total: 5–0 (Home: 4–0; Road: 1–0)
2018–19 season schedule

Regular Season[edit]

2018–19 game log
Total: 48–34 (Home: 26–15; Road: 22–19)
2018–19 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2019 playoff game log
2019 playoff schedule

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 21, 2018[5] To Los Angeles Clippers
Draft rights to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
To Charlotte Hornets
Draft rights to Miles Bridges
Two future second-round picks
June 26, 2018[6] To Los Angeles Clippers
Marcin Gortat
To Washington Wizards
Austin Rivers
July 23, 2018[7] To Los Angeles Clippers
Johnathan Motley
Draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis
To Dallas Mavericks
Draft rights to Maarty Leunen
Cash considerations
August 7, 2018[8] To Los Angeles Clippers
Draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko
To Cleveland Cavaliers
Sam Dekker
Cash considerations
Draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis
October 15, 2018[9] To Los Angeles Clippers
Alexis Ajinça
To New Orleans Pelicans
Wesley Johnson
February 6, 2019[10] To Los Angeles Clippers
Wilson Chandler
Mike Muscala
Landry Shamet
2020 protected first-round pick
2021 unprotected first-round pick
2021 second-round pick (from Miami)
2023 second-round pick (from Detroit)
To Philadelphia 76ers
Tobias Harris
Boban Marjanovic
Mike Scott
February 7, 2019 To Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green
Garrett Temple
To Memphis Grizzlies
Avery Bradley
February 7, 2019 To Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac
Michael Beasley
To Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Muscala

Free agency[edit]

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed
Avery Bradley[11] July 9, 2018
Montrezl Harrell[12] July 24, 2018
Tyrone Wallace[13] September 5, 2018 (matched offer by New Orleans Pelicans)

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former team
Ángel Delgado[14] July 6, 2018, Two-way contract Seton Hall Pirates (NCAA)
Mike Scott[15] July 9, 2018 Washington Wizards
Luc Mbah a Moute[16] July 19, 2018 Houston Rockets
Justin Bibbs March 13, 2019, two 10-day contracts Maine Red Claws
Rodney McGruder April 9, 2019, claimed off waivers Miami Heat

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason left New team
DeAndre Jordan[17] Free agency, July 8, 2018 Dallas Mavericks
C.J. Williams[18][19] Waived, July 27, 2018 Minnesota Timberwolves
Jawun Evans Waived, October 15, 2018 Northern Arizona Suns
Alexis Ajinça Waived, October 15, 2018 ASVEL Basket (LNB Pro A)
Milos Teodosic Waived, February 7, 2019 TBD
Marcin Gortat Waived, February 7, 2019 TBD
Michael Beasley Waived, February 9, 2019 Guangdong Southern Tigers (CBA)
Justin Bibbs Contract expired, April 1, 2019 TBD
Luc Mbah a Moute Waived, April 7, 2019 TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mavericks sign free agent center DeAndre Jordan". Mavs.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Reports: DeAndre Jordan Agrees To One-Year Deal With Mavericks". NBA.com. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "How the Clippers came back from 31 points down to shock the Warriors". ESPN. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. ^ "LA Clippers stun Golden State Warriors with playoff-record comeback". Guardian. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  5. ^ "LA Clippers Acquire Draft Rights To Shai Gilgeous-Alexander". NBA.com. June 22, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "L.A. Clippers Acquire Marcin Gortat". NBA.com. June 26, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Acquire Two-Way Forward Johnathan Motley". NBA.com. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Trade Forward Sam Dekker". NBA.com. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Complete Trade With New Orleans". NBA.com. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  10. ^ "L.A. Clippers Acquire Chandler, Muscala, Shamet And Two First Round Draft Picks". NBA.com. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  11. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Re-Sign Avery Bradley". NBA.com. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Re-Sign Montrezl Harrell". NBA.com. July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "L.A. Clippers match New Orleans Pelicans' offer sheet for Tyrone Wallace". NBA.com. September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  14. ^ "Press Release: LA Clippers Sign Angel Delgado To Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Sign Forward Mike Scott". NBA.com. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers signed forward Luc Mbah a Moute". NBA.com. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Mavericks sign free agent center DeAndre Jordan". Mavs.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  18. ^ "The team has waived C.J. Williams". LA Clippers on Twitter. July 27, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  19. ^ "TIMBERWOLVES SIGN C.J. WILLIAMS TO TWO-WAY CONTRACT". NBA.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.