Saturday, April 05, 2008

USA Today, All-Time Clippers Team

The polls are now open to vote for the Los Angeles Clippers' all-time five. At first glance it seems a bit crazy but USA Today has the online poll going until April 10th.

Predictably Bob McAdoo and Randy Smith are the only Buffalo Braves included. Their Clipper competition for the starting five includes Ron Harper, Danny Manning, Elton Brand, World B. Free, Benoit Benjamin, Terry Cummings, Norm Nixon, and Loy Vaught.

At the time of this entry McAdoo is leading the field and rightfully so. Since the franchise moved out of western New York after its ten year run, the Braves abbreviated accomplishments surpass the Clippers' 30 years of mediocrity.

Smith (shown in a 1974 photo) is only fifth in the poll voting although he is the all-time franchise leader in six statistical categories. At this point he trails Clipper players Manning, Harper, and Brand.

I'm amazed how many tried and true NBA hoop fans still don't realize that Smith's record of 906 consecutive games, a streak which concluded on March 13, 1983 is second only to the all-time NBA "ironman" A.C. Green.

Maybe it's his generic sounding name or the era and town he played in but it's time to show the love and vote Randy to the top along side his friend and teammate McAdoo.


Anonymous said...

Randy Smith is one of the most underrated players in NBA history. For him not to get top honors with a Clippers/Braves all-time roster is even more insulting.

C Wendel said...

As of this morning (4/6) Brand is closing in on McAdoo for the number one spot. The question is then who is the best franchise player of all-time? McAdoo has three scoring titles and MVP honors. Brand is the all-time leading rebounder and is in the middle of a stellar career.

Anonymous said...

McAdoo was a force in his day, never getting his due in other polls (Top 100 NBA Players). No way Brand is better at this point of his career. Time to get out the vote for McAdoo.