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2015–16 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2015–16 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 46th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 38th season in Southern California, and their 32nd season in Los Angeles.

2015–16 Los Angeles Clippers season
Head coachDoc Rivers
Owner(s)Steve Ballmer
ArenaStaples Center
Results
Record53–29 (.646)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Pacific)
Conference: 4th (Western)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Trail Blazers 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports West and Prime Ticket
RadioKFWB
< 2014–15 2016–17 >

On July 8, despite offers from the Dallas Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan returned to the Clippers with a 4-year, $87.7 million deal.

During the offseason the Clippers signed veteran and Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce and he played the rest of his career as a Clipper. The signing reunited Pierce with his former coach Doc Rivers, who coached the Celtics from 2004-2013 and won them a championship in 2008.

The Clippers played most of the season without Blake Griffin, who broke his hand in a fight and was subsequently suspended for 4 games. He returned on April 3 after sitting out 45 games.

The Clippers entered the playoffs against the 5th-seeded 44–38 Portland Trail Blazers who were 9 games behind them. However, injuries robbed the team and that was their undoing as they were eliminated in the first round in six games by the Trail Blazers for the first time since 2013, when the team was eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies.

DraftEdit

The Clippers did not have a pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

RosterEdit

2015–16 Los Angeles Clippers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 45 Aldrich, Cole 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1988–10–31 Kansas
PF 19 Ayres, Jeff 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 252 lb (114 kg) 1987–04–29 Arizona State
SG 11 Crawford, Jamal 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1980–03–20 Michigan
SF 22 Dawson, Branden 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1993–02–01 Michigan State
SF 8 Green, Jeff 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1986–08–28 Georgetown
PF 32 Griffin, Blake   (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 251 lb (114 kg) 1989–03–16 Oklahoma
SF 33 Johnson, Wesley 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1987–07–11 Syracuse
C 6 Jordan, DeAndre 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1988–07–21 Texas A&M
SF 12 Mbah a Moute, Luc 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1986–09–09 UCLA
PG 3 Paul, Chris   (C) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1985–05–06 Wake Forest
SF 34 Pierce, Paul 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1977–10–13 Kansas
PG 9 Prigioni, Pablo 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1977–05–17 Argentina
SG 4 Redick, J. J. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1984–06–24 Duke
PG 25 Rivers, Austin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992–08–01 Duke
SG 30 Wilcox, C. J. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1990–12–30 Washington
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2016–03–29

Roster notesEdit

  • Forward Wesley Johnson becomes the 25th former Laker to play for the crosstown rival Clippers.

PreseasonEdit

2015 pre-season game log
Total: 3–3 (Home: 3–1; Road: 0–2)
2015–16 season schedule

StandingEdit

By DivisionEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
zGolden State Warriors 73 9 .890 0.0 39–2 34–7 15–1 82
xLos Angeles Clippers 53 29 .646 20.0 29–12 24–17 9–7 82
Sacramento Kings 33 49 .402 40.0 18–23 15–26 8–8 82
Phoenix Suns 23 59 .280 50.0 14–27 9–32 6–10 82
Los Angeles Lakers 17 65 .207 56.0 12–29 5–36 2–14 82


By ConferenceEdit

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zGolden State Warriors * 73 9 .890 82
2 ySan Antonio Spurs * 67 15 .817 6.0 82
3 yOklahoma City Thunder * 55 27 .671 18.0 82
4 xLos Angeles Clippers 53 29 .646 20.0 82
5 xPortland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 29.0 82
6 xDallas Mavericks 42 40 .512 31.0 82
7 xMemphis Grizzlies 42 40 .512 31.0 82
8 xHouston Rockets 41 41 .500 32.0 82
9 Utah Jazz 40 42 .488 33.0 82
10 Sacramento Kings 33 49 .402 40.0 82
11 Denver Nuggets 33 49 .402 40.0 82
12 New Orleans Pelicans 30 52 .366 43.0 82
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 44.0 82
14 Phoenix Suns 23 59 .280 50.0 82
15 Los Angeles Lakers 17 65 .207 56.0 82

Regular season game logEdit

2015–16 game log
Total: 53–29 (Home: 29–12; Road: 24–17)
All game times Pacific
2015–16 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

2016 playoff game log
Total: 2–4 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–3)
2016 playoff schedule

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 15, 2015
To Los Angeles Clippers
Lance Stephenson
To Charlotte Hornets
Matt Barnes
Spencer Hawes
June 25, 2015
To Los Angeles Clippers
Draft rights to Branden Dawson
To New Orleans Pelicans
Cash considerations
January 22, 2016
To Los Angeles Clippers
Draft rights to Maarty Leunen
To Houston Rockets
Josh Smith
Draft rights to Sergei Lishouk
Cash considerations
February 18, 2016
To Los Angeles Clippers
Jeff Green
To Memphis Grizzlies
Lance Stephenson
A future protected first-round draft pick

Free agentsEdit

Re-signedEdit

Player Signed Contract
DeAndre Jordan[1] July 8, 2015 4-year contract worth $87 million
Austin Rivers[2] July 13, 2015 2-year contract worth $6.4 million

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Wesley Johnson[3] July 9, 2015 Los Angeles Lakers
Paul Pierce[4] July 10, 2015 Washington Wizards
Cole Aldrich[5] July 13, 2015 New York Knicks
Josh Smith July 16, 2015 Houston Rockets
Pablo Prigioni[6] August 3, 2015 Houston Rockets
Luc Mbah a Moute September 25, 2015 Philadelphia 76ers
Jeff Ayres January 13, 2016
contract expired February 12
re-signed March 16
Idaho Stampede (NBDL)
Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBDL)
Alex Stepheson February 20, 2016 Iowa Energy (NBDL)

SubtractionsEdit

Player Reason left New team
Lester Hudson[7] Waived, July 15, 2015 Liaoning Flying Leopards (CBA)
Ekpe Udoh[8] Free Agency, July 28, 2015 Fenerbahçe Ülker (TBL)
Jordan Hamilton[9] Waived, August 1, 2015 BC Krasny Oktyabr (VTB United League)
Glen Davis Free Agency, September 1, 2015 Power (BIG3)
Dahntay Jones Free Agency, September 10, 2015 Brooklyn Nets
Hedo Türkoğlu Retired, November 12, 2015 CEO (Turkish Basketball Federation)
Alex Stepheson Contract Expired, March 12, 2016 Memphis Grizzlies

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CLIPPERS RE-SIGN JORDAN AND SIGN JOHNSON". nba.com/clippers. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "CLIPPERS SIGN AUSTIN RIVERS AND COLE ALDRICH". nba.com/clippers. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "CLIPPERS RE-SIGN JORDAN AND SIGN JOHNSON". nba.com/clippers. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "CLIPPERS SIGN PAUL PIERCE". nba.com/clippers. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "CLIPPERS SIGN AUSTIN RIVERS AND COLE ALDRICH". nba.com/clippers. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  6. ^ "L.A. CLIPPERS SIGN PABLO PRIGIONI". nba.com/clippers. August 3, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  7. ^ "Clippers waive guard Lester Hudson". nba.com. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  8. ^ "Fenerbahce adds size with Udoh". euroleague.net. July 28, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "Clippers waive forward Jordan Hamilton". nba.com. August 1, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015.