Los Angeles Clippers: Best Draft Picks Of The Last 20 Years

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Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; A general view as NBA commissioner David Stern (right) , deputy commissioner Adam Silver (left) and former NBA player Hakeem Olajuwon speak on stage after the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

As a franchise, the Los Angeles Clippers haven’t had the most stellar draft history in the league. From bizarre decisions, to unmitigated busts, the Clippers have had their fair share.

They took Michael Olowokandi with the first overall pick in 1998 when the franchise was desperately in need of some talent. In the loaded 1996 draft class, the Clippers chose Lorenzen Wright when Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash were still on the board.

Even more recently, in exchange for Jamario Moon and Mo Williams, the Clippers sent Baron Davis and a first-round pick from the 2011 draft to Cleveland. When that pick turned into Kyrie Irving, there had to have been a familiar sense of disappointment for Clippers fans.

It hasn’t all been bad though, and through a lot of poor decisions and wasted talent, some top class players have come through.

With the clock ticking down until the Clippers will have to make their first-round pick this year, let’s take a look at the franchises five best draft picks from the last 20 years.

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  • John Andrew Ferris

    Danny Manning?

    • Phil Watson

      More than 20 years … 1988.

    • Adam McGee

      Yep, as Phil mentioned Manning was ’88, John.