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L.A. Clippers: Top 10 Individual Seasons

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As I'm sure anyone who follows sports knows that the Los Angeles Clippers won a playoff series for the first time in 30 years and the first time ever since they've been the Clippers. Outside of a very brief glimmer of hope in the early the 90's they have been the model of futility in professional sports. Since I root for the New Clippers (YOUR Golden State Warriors) I figured I might as well jump on their bandwagon. I do have reservations though what with the gratuitous shots of Billy Crystal that will only increase with them into the next round and Donald Sterling getting credit for anything.

 

Now for a "tribute" to the Clippers I present the Top 10 best individual seasons by Clippers players since they became the Clippers in 1978 using the basketball version of Win Shares. Again I preface as always I have no idea how reliable this stat is. What this list does show is that Elton Brand has already become the franchise's greatest player, not that this franchise has been full of great players. In fact this past season Brand had the best season ever by a Clippers player.

 

What other blog will you find Swen Nater content?

 

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1. Elton Brand, '05-'06, 41 Win Shares

24.7 PTS, 10.0 REB, 2.6 AST, 1.0 STL, 2.5 BLK, 2.2 TO

 

2. Elton Brand, '01-'02, 36 Win Shares

18.2 PTS, 11.6 REB, 2.4 AST, 1.0 STL, 2.0 BLK, 2.2 TO

 

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3. World B Free, '78-'79, 33 Win Shares

28.8 PTS, 3.9 REB, 4.4 AST, 1.4 STL, 0.4 BLK, 3.8 TO

 

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4. Danny Manning, '91-'92, 29 Win Shares

19.3 PTS, 6.9 REB, 3.5 AST, 1.6 STL, 1.5 BLK, 2.6 TO

 

5. Elton Brand, '04-'05, 28 Win Shares

20.0 PTS, 9.5 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.8 STL, 2.1 BLK, 2.3 TO

 

6. Elton Brand, '03-'04, 26 Win Shares

20.0 PTS, 10.3 REB, 3.3 AST, 0.9 STL, 2.2 BLK, 2.8 TO

 

7. World B Free, '79-'80, 25 Win Shares

30.2 PTS, 3.5 REB, 4.2 AST, 1.2 STL, 0.5 BLK, 3.4 TO

 

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8. Swen Nater, '80-'81, 24 Win Shares

15.6 PTS, 12.4 REB, 2.4 AST, 0.6 STL, 0.6 BLK, 2.6 TO

 

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9. Mark Jackson, '92-'93, 24 Win Shares

15.2 PTS, 5.0 REB, 9.3 AST, 1.7 STL, 0.2 BLK, 2.8 TO

 

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10. Corey Maggette, '03-'04, 23 Win Shares

20.7 PTS, 5.9 REB, 3.1 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.2 BLK, 2.8 TO

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No just their history as the Clippers, incidently enough the basketball version of Win Shares only goes back to the '77-'78 season so wouldn't have been able to include all the Braves seasons.

 

McAdoo won the three straight scoring titles with the Braves from '74 to '76.

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Can you explain how this "win shares" thing works.

 

In all sports, not just basketball.

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Al could probably explain it better than I can but the simple explanation of it is putting a number on the contribution of an individual player to it's team. It's based on the number of wins a team has and a Win Share is one third of each individual win. If a team wins 90 games, they have 270 Win Shares to distribute to the players. In at least in the baseball version a player with 20 Win Shares would be considered to have an All-Star calibar season, a player 30 Win Shares to have an MVP type season. I'm not sure if that is the same case with the basketball version but it basically applies the same concepts as the guy who came up with it admits to just trying to emulate the Bill James' baseball version and apply it to basketball.

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