2018–19 Los Angeles Clippers season
The 2018–19 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 49th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 41st season in Southern California, and their 35th season in Los Angeles.
|2018–19 Los Angeles Clippers season|
|Head coach||Doc Rivers|
|General manager||Michael Winger|
|Place||Division: 2nd (Pacific)|
Conference: 8th (Western)
|Playoff finish||First Round|
(Lost to Warriors 2–4)
|Television||Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket|
For the first time since the 2014–15 season, Austin Rivers was not on the roster following a trade to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Marcin Gortat, ending the father-son duo with his father, Doc Rivers. Additionally, longtime center DeAndre Jordan opted out of his contract with the Clippers, and became a free agent. On July 6, 2018, he signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
In their first full season without stars Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers still produced a winning season by March 19, and clinched a playoff berth on March 26, 2019, following a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, making their first playoff appearance since 2017.
In the playoffs, the Clippers faced the defending two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the First Round, losing in six games. The two teams previously met in the 2014 playoffs, in which the Clippers won in seven games amidst a scandal surrounding former owner Donald Sterling. They were the first team since the 2016 playoffs to beat the Warriors twice on the road.
In Game 2 of the First Round, the Clippers set an NBA record for the largest comeback in playoff history, overcoming a 31-point deficit in the third quarter, en route to defeating the Warriors 135–131 to tie the series 1–1.
- 1 Draft
- 2 Roster
- 3 Standings
- 4 Game log
- 5 Playoffs
- 6 Player statistics
- 7 Transactions
- 8 References
|1||12||Miles Bridges||SF||United States||Michigan State|
|1||13||Jerome Robinson||SG||United States||Boston College|
|2018–19 Los Angeles Clippers roster|
- Forward Luc Mbah a Moute is on his second tour of duty with the Clippers. Played in only 4 games before getting a knee injury and was eventually waived. He previously played for the team from 2015 to 2017.
- Center Ivica Zubac is the 29th former Lakers player to play for the Clippers and only the second time it occurred through a direct trade between the two teams since 1983.
|c – Golden State Warriors||57||25||.695||0.0||30–11||27–14||13–3||82|
|x – Los Angeles Clippers||48||34||.585||9.0||26–15||22–19||11–5||82|
|Los Angeles Lakers||37||45||.451||20.0||22–19||15–26||9–7||82|
|1||c – Golden State Warriors *||57||25||.695||–||82|
|2||y – Denver Nuggets *||54||28||.659||3.0||82|
|3||x – Portland Trail Blazers||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|4||y – Houston Rockets *||53||29||.646||4.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||50||32||.610||7.0||82|
|6||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||49||33||.598||8.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|8||x – Los Angeles Clippers||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Lakers||37||45||.451||20.0||82|
|13||New Orleans Pelicans||33||49||.402||24.0||82|
|2018 preseason game log|
Total: 5–0 (Home: 4–0; Road: 1–0)
Preseason: 5–0 (Home: 4–0; Road: 1–0)
|2018–19 season schedule|
|2019 playoff game log|
First round: 2–4 (Home: 0–3; Road: 2–1)
|2019 playoff schedule|
|Luc Mbah a Moute‡||PF||4||0||61||7||2||1||1||20|
After all games.
‡Waived during the season
†Traded during the season
≠Acquired during the season
|June 21, 2018||To Los Angeles Clippers
Draft rights to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
|To Charlotte Hornets|
Draft rights to Miles Bridges
Two future second-round picks
|June 26, 2018||To Los Angeles Clippers
|To Washington Wizards|
|July 23, 2018||To Los Angeles Clippers
Draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis
|To Dallas Mavericks|
Draft rights to Maarty Leunen
|August 7, 2018||To Los Angeles Clippers
Draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko
|To Cleveland Cavaliers|
Draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis
|October 15, 2018||To Los Angeles Clippers
|To New Orleans Pelicans|
|February 6, 2019||To Los Angeles Clippers
2020 protected first-round pick
2021 unprotected first-round pick
2021 second-round pick (from Miami)
2023 second-round pick (from Detroit)
|To Philadelphia 76ers|
|February 7, 2019||To Los Angeles Clippers
|To Memphis Grizzlies|
|February 7, 2019||To Los Angeles Clippers
|To Los Angeles Lakers|
|Avery Bradley||July 9, 2018|
|Montrezl Harrell||July 24, 2018|
|Tyrone Wallace||September 5, 2018 (matched offer by New Orleans Pelicans)|
|Ángel Delgado||July 6, 2018, Two-way contract||Seton Hall Pirates (NCAA)|
|Mike Scott||July 9, 2018||Washington Wizards|
|Luc Mbah a Moute||July 19, 2018||Houston Rockets|
|Justin Bibbs||March 13, 2019, two 10-day contracts||Maine Red Claws|
|Rodney McGruder||April 9, 2019, claimed off waivers||Miami Heat|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|DeAndre Jordan||Free agency, July 8, 2018||Dallas Mavericks|
|C.J. Williams||Waived, July 27, 2018||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Jawun Evans||Waived, October 15, 2018||Northern Arizona Suns|
|Alexis Ajinça||Waived, October 15, 2018||ASVEL Basket (LNB Pro A)|
|Milos Teodosic||Waived, February 7, 2019||Virtus Bologna (LBA)|
|Marcin Gortat||Waived, February 7, 2019||TBD|
|Michael Beasley||Waived, February 9, 2019||Guangdong Southern Tigers (CBA)|
|Justin Bibbs||Contract expired, April 1, 2019||TBD|
|Luc Mbah a Moute||Waived, April 7, 2019||TBD|
- "Mavericks sign free agent center DeAndre Jordan". Mavs.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
- "Reports: DeAndre Jordan Agrees To One-Year Deal With Mavericks". NBA.com. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
- "How the Clippers came back from 31 points down to shock the Warriors". ESPN. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
- "LA Clippers stun Golden State Warriors with playoff-record comeback". Guardian. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
- "2018-19 Los Angeles Clippers Roster and Regular season Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
- "LA Clippers Acquire Draft Rights To Shai Gilgeous-Alexander". NBA.com. June 22, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
- "L.A. Clippers Acquire Marcin Gortat". NBA.com. June 26, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Acquire Two-Way Forward Johnathan Motley". NBA.com. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Trade Forward Sam Dekker". NBA.com. August 7, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
- "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Complete Trade With New Orleans". NBA.com. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
- "L.A. Clippers Acquire Chandler, Muscala, Shamet And Two First Round Draft Picks". NBA.com. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Re-Sign Avery Bradley". NBA.com. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
- "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Re-Sign Montrezl Harrell". NBA.com. July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- "L.A. Clippers match New Orleans Pelicans' offer sheet for Tyrone Wallace". NBA.com. September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
- "Press Release: LA Clippers Sign Angel Delgado To Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
- "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Sign Forward Mike Scott". NBA.com. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
- "Press Release: L.A. Clippers signed forward Luc Mbah a Moute". NBA.com. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
- "Mavericks sign free agent center DeAndre Jordan". Mavs.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
- "The team has waived C.J. Williams". LA Clippers on Twitter. July 27, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
- "TIMBERWOLVES SIGN C.J. WILLIAMS TO TWO-WAY CONTRACT". NBA.com. July 31, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.