1981–82 San Diego Clippers season

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1981–82 San Diego Clippers season
Head coachPaul Silas
ArenaSan Diego Sports Arena
Results
Record17–65 (.207)
PlaceDivision: 6th (Pacific)
Conference: 12th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionXETV
RadioKGB
< 1980–81 1982–83 >

The 1981–82 NBA season was the Clippers' 12th season in the NBA and their fourth season in the city of San Diego.[1]

Donald Sterling took over control of the franchise during this season, beginning what would be a 33-year stewardship.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 8 Tom Chambers Forward  United States Utah
3 54 Jim Smith Forward  United States Ohio State
4 77 Lee Raker Guard  United States Virginia
5 100 Dennis Isbell Forward  United States Memphis State
6 123 Mike Pepper Guard  United States North Carolina
7 146 Randy Johnson Guard  United States Southern Colorado
8 168 Todd Haynes Forward  United States Davidson
9 190 Art Jones Forward  United States North Carolina State
10 210 Tony Gwynn Guard  United States San Diego State

Roster[edit]

San Diego Clippers 1981-1982 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G 15 United States Brogan, Jim 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Wesleyan (WV)
F 7 United States Brooks, Michael 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) La Salle
F 23 United States Bryant, Joe 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 185 lb (84 kg) La Salle
F 22 United States Chambers, Tom 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Utah
G 1 United States Criss, Charlie 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 165 lb (75 kg) New Mexico State
G 42 United States Davis, Ron 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 198 lb (90 kg) Washington State
G 13 United States Douglas, John 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Kansas
G 24 United States Hill, Armond 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Princeton
F 34 United States Lee, Rock 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) San Diego State
C 31 Netherlands Nater, Swen 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) UCLA
F 30 United States Smith, Jim 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Ohio State
G 11 United States Smith, Phil 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 197 lb (89 kg) San Francisco
G 14 United States Taylor, Brian 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Princeton
C 33 United States Whitehead, Jerome 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Marquette
F 21 United States Wiley, Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Long Beach State
G 20 United States Williams, Freeman 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Portland State
G 4 United States Wood, Al 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 193 lb (88 kg) North Carolina
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster Notes[edit]

  • This is Jerome Whitehead's second tour of duty with the Clippers. He previously played with the team during the 1978-79 season.
  • Guard Armond Hill is currently an assistant coach with the franchise since 2013.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695 30–11 27–14 21–9
x-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 5.0 31–10 21–20 18–12
x-Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 11.0 31–10 15–26 14–16
Golden State Warriors 45 37 .549 12.0 28–13 17–24 15–15
Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 15.0 27–14 15–26 15–15
San Diego Clippers 17 65 .207 40.0 11–30 6–35 7–23
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Los Angeles Lakers 57 25 .695
2 y-San Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 9
3 x-Seattle SuperSonics 52 30 .634 5
4 x-Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 11
5 x-Phoenix Suns 46 36 .561 11
6 x-Houston Rockets 46 36 .561 11
7 Golden State Warriors 45 37 .549 12
8 Portland Trail Blazers 42 40 .512 15
9 Kansas City Kings 30 52 .366 27
10 Dallas Mavericks 28 54 .341 29
11 Utah Jazz 25 57 .305 32
12 San Diego Clippers 17 65 .207 40


Notes

  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1981-82 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SDC SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–5 2–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 0–2 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–2 3–3 3–2 5–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–4
Boston 5–1 4–2 5–0 2–0 1–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–1 5–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 6–0
Chicago 3–2 2–4 5–1 1–1 1–1 0–6 0–2 1–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–5 2–4 3–2 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–4
Cleveland 2–4 0–5 1–5 2–0 0–2 1–5 1–1 1–1 1–5 1–1 0–2 0–6 0–6 0–6 0–5 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–5
Dallas 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–5 1–1 0–5 2–4 1–1 4–2 1–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–3 1–5 2–3 1–4 3–3 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 1–1 3–2 5–1 0–2 4–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 2–3 2–4 5–0 2–3 3–3 2–0
Detroit 4–2 0–6 6–0 5–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–4 2–0 0–2 2–4 2–4 3–3 2–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–4
Golden State 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 5–0 2–3 0–2 1–4 2–0 3–2 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–2 2–4 3–2 5–1 1–5 3–2 1–1
Houston 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–5 0–2 4–1 2–0 3–3 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 4–1 3–3 4–1 2–3 6–0 2–0
Indiana 2–4 1–5 3–3 5–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–6 4–2 3–2 0–6 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–5
Kansas City 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–4 0–2 2–3 3–3 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–3 0–5 1–5 4–1 2–3 3–3 0–2
Los Angeles 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 4–1 4–1 2–0 3–3 4–1 2–0 4–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–2 5–1 2–3 5–1 4–2 5–0 2–0
Milwaukee 3–3 3–3 5–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 4–2 0–2 1–1 6–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–3 4–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–2
New Jersey 2–3 1–5 4–2 6–0 0–2 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–4 4–2 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 4–2
New York 1–5 1–5 2–3 6–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–2 2–0 3–3 2–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–5
Philadelphia 3–3 2–4 5–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 6–0 2–0 1–1 2–4 3–3 5–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 6–0
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 3–2 2–0 2–4 2–3 1–1 3–2 2–4 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–3 4–1 4–2 3–3 3–2 1–1
Portland 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 3–2 2–0 4–2 1–4 1–1 5–0 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–3 3–2 4–2 3–3 4–1 0–2
San Antonio 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 5–1 4–2 2–0 2–3 3–3 0–2 5–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–4 2–3 3–2 4–1 3–3 1–1
San Diego 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–2 0–5 0–2 1–5 1–4 0–2 1–4 1–5 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–4 2–4 2–3 1–5 1–4 0–2
Seattle 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 3–2 1–1 3–2 2–4 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–3 3–3 1–4 5–1 5–0 1–1
Utah 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–3 3–3 1–1 2–3 0–6 1–1 3–3 0–5 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3 1–4 3–3 4–1 0–5 1–1
Washington 4–2 0–6 4–2 5–1 1–1 0–2 4–1 1–1 0–2 5–1 2–0 0–2 2–3 2–4 5–1 0–6 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1

Game log[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Jim Brogan 63 19 16.3 .453 .281 .726 1.9 2.5 0.8 0.2 6.3
Michael Brooks 82 73 33.5 .504 .000 .757 7.6 2.9 1.4 0.5 15.6
Joe Bryant 75 49 26.5 .486 .267 .785 3.7 2.5 1.0 0.4 11.8
Tom Chambers 81 58 33.1 .525 .000 .620 6.9 1.8 0.7 0.6 17.2
Charlie Criss 28 20 30.0 .479 .381 .884 1.6 4.0 0.8 0.1 12.9
Ron Davis 7 0 9.6 .400 .500 1.9 0.6 0.0 0.0 3.3
John Douglas 64 9 16.1 .465 .305 .657 1.4 2.3 0.8 0.1 7.0
Armond Hill 19 14 25.3 .382 .000 .688 1.4 4.3 0.8 0.2 4.7
Rock Lee 2 0 5.0 .500 .000 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Swen Nater 21 7 27.4 .577 1.000 .747 9.1 1.4 0.3 0.4 12.5
Jim Smith 72 3 11.9 .509 .459 2.5 0.6 0.3 0.7 2.9
Phil Smith 48 39 30.1 .440 .208 .732 2.4 4.9 0.9 0.4 13.2
Brian Taylor 41 40 31.1 .503 .365 .818 2.3 5.6 1.1 0.2 10.8
Jerome Whitehead 72 63 30.8 .559 .763 9.2 1.4 0.7 0.6 13.8
Michael Wiley 61 1 16.6 .565 .000 .695 3.0 0.9 0.7 0.3 8.3
Freeman Williams 37 10 21.8 .456 .324 .843 1.4 1.8 0.6 0.0 16.5
Al Wood 29 5 23.9 .518 .167 .802 3.1 1.6 0.8 0.3 12.5

Awards, records and milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Clippers were involved in the following transactions during the 1981–82 season.

Trades[edit]

January 20, 1982
To San Diego Clippers
To Atlanta Hawks
February 16, 1982
To San Diego Clippers
To Seattle SuperSonics

Free agents[edit]