The Los Angeles Clippers franchise actually pre-dates their time in Los Angeles. The franchise itself was originally founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves. After spending eight seasons in Buffalo, the franchise moved to San Diego and became known as the San Diego Clippers. After six seasons in San Diego, the Clippers moved to Los Angeles, and became known as the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Clippers currently share the Staples Center with the Lakers as well. Since moving to Los Angeles, the Clippers have been known as the poorer little brother to the Lakers that everyone forgets about until the family reunion rolls around, and then tries to be nice to for one day. Historically, the Clippers almost had no success at all until about several years ago, when they were able to trade for Chris Paul and pair him with Blake Griffin. The result has been a team commonly referred to as “Lob City”, and back-to-back division titles.
The Clippers won their division again this season, finishing with a record of 56-26 and they will enter the 2015 NBA playoffs as the three seed in the Western Conference. The Clippers will definitely be the underdog in this first series, despite having home court advantage.
Long since thought of as the “ugly brother” of the Lakers, the Clippers have risen to the top in Los Angeles, currently riding a run of five-straight playoff appearances. The Clippers had another decent season last year, finishing with a record of 53-29, good enough for the fourth seed in the Western Conference. In round one of the playoffs, the Clippers faced off against the Blazers and lost in six games. In the 2016 NBA draft, the Clippers held the 25th selection overall, and used it to take Brice Johnson, the forward from North Carolina. In free agency, their top priority was re-signing center DeAndre Jordan. They did pull it off, but the situation got messy, and the Mavericks did look into asking the authorities to file charges against the Clippers for tampering. So far this season, the Clippers are right at the pace they were a year ago, currently sitting with a record of 38-25, good for the fifth seed in the Western Conference at the moment. One must wonder if Chris Paul is getting restless, and if he will re-sign with the Clippers when his contract is up.