The Los Angeles Clippers franchise, formerly known as the San Diego Clippers and the Buffalo Braves, has been a member of the NBA since 1970. Notorious for their lack of success, the Clippers have rarely been able to hold onto All-Star talent for more than a few seasons at a time, with rare exceptions. The player who lasted longest with the team, former All-Star guard Randy Smith, tops the Los Angeles Clippers’ all-time assist leaders.
5. Ernie DiGregorio: 1,457 assists
Ernie DiGregorio won the 1974 NBA Rookie of the Year Award for the franchise and he ranks fifth on the list of Los Angeles Clippers’ all-time assist leaders. DiGregorio had a short NBA career, but he left his mark on the Clippers organization. A member of the team when they were known as the Buffalo Braves, DiGregorio made his mark early as he led the league in both assists with 8.2 per game and free throw percentage with a .902 clip. Though he never matched his early high, DiGregorio averaged 10.7 points and 5.6 assists per game with a .906 free throw percentage in four seasons with the team.
4. Ron Harper: 1,463 assists
Former high-powered two-guard Ron Harper ranks fourth on the Los Angeles Clippers’ all-time assist leaders list. Harper was a great perimeter player in his prime and he spent five great seasons in Los Angeles. From 1989 to 1994, he averaged 19.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game for the Clippers. Apart from the Clippers, Harper was a member of five NBA Champions and he totaled 13,910 points and 3,916 assists in his 15-year career.
3. Norm Nixon: 2,540 assists
Two-time NBA All-Star Norm Nixon ranks third on the list of Los Angeles Clippers’ all-time assist leaders. Nixon spent a decade in the NBA as a point guard for the Lakers and the Clippers. He maintained averages of 14.6 points and 9.0 assists in 283 games with the Clippers from 1983 to 1989. Throughout the 1980s, he was constantly among the league leaders in assists and his career 8.3 average is the ninth highest in NBA history. He holds the team’s single-season assist record with 914 in the 1983-84 campaign. Nixon dished out a total of 6,386 assists in 768 NBA games.
2. Gary Grant: 2,810 assists
Gary Grant was a starter and a reserve point guard for Los Angeles from 1988 to 1995 and he ranks second on the Clippers’ all-time assist leaders list. Grant put up big assist numbers in four seasons as the Clippers’ floor general, topping out with an even 10.0 per game in 1989-90. In 446 games with LA, Grant averaged 8.7 points, 6.3 assists, and 1.7 steals.
1. Randy Smith: 3,498 assists
The longest tenured player in franchise history, Randy Smith is the Los Angeles Clippers’ all-time assist leader. Smith spent nine years with the then Buffalo Braves/San Diego Clippers and played a franchise record 715 games. The two-time All-Star guard averaged 4.9 assists in addition to 17.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game with the team. In addition to assists, he holds the Clippers’ all-time records with 12,735 points and 1,072 steals.
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