L.A. Clippers: Bob McAdoo (BEST)
We’re admittedly fudging here a bit, considering Bob McAdoo was selected by the Buffalo Braves — who would go on to relocate to Los Angeles and become the Clippers — with the 2nd overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft. But, it’s not exactly like the Clippers have a storied history of draft successes.
So we went with McAdoo, who was a five-time NBA All-Star and named the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1975. McAdoo is one of the few players who have won both NBA and the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) titles as a player.
L.A. Clippers: Michael Olowokandi (WORST)
The Clippers moved from Buffalo to San Diego to Los Angeles without making the playoffs for 15 years into the 90s, but they hit rock bottom again going 17–65 in 1998 en route to landing the number one pick. They used it on raw Nigerian big man Michael Olowokandi, who abruptly led the team to an even worse record the next two seasons.
The Kandi Man somehow shot under 44% for his career despite standing seven feet tall, and the Clippers had nothing to show for a number one pick in a draft featuring Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, and Vince Carter.