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27 Teams in 27 Days: Meet The Agua Caliente Clippers

By Jake Winderman | August 21, 2018

Team: Agua Caliente Clippers

First Season: 2017-2018

Affiliate: Los Angeles Clippers

Location: Ontario, California

Arena: Citizens Business Bank Arena

Head Coach: Brian Adams

2017-2018 Finish: 23-27 (5th in Pacific Division)

2017-2018 Accolades: C.J. Williams (Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award)

2018 NBA G League 1st Round Pick(s): 20th (From Texas) and 24th (From Fort Wayne)

2017-2018 NBA Call-Ups: Tyrone Wallace (Two-Way), Marshall Plumlee (Two-Way), Tim Quarterman

Current Two-Way Players: Angel Delgado (Seton Hall) and Johnathan Motley (Baylor)

The Agua Caliente Clippers were one of four NBA G League expansion teams to make their debut in the 2017-2018 season along with the Wisconsin Herd, Memphis Hustle and Lakeland Magic. On May 15, 2017, it was announced that the Clippers would make their debut in Ontario, California, located about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

The team gets their namesake from their biggest sponsor, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, a federally recognized Native American tribe in Palm Springs, Calif. The Cahuilla tribe has roots dating back over 5,000 years to the Palm Springs area and is the Los Angeles Clippers’ official tribal casino partner.

The A.C. Clippers finished just five games out of the 2017-2018 NBA G League Playoffs in their inaugural season despite winning each of their final three regular season games. The team was led by California-products Tyrone Wallace and J.J. O’Brien who averaged 22.6 points and 15.9 points per game respectively for Agua Caliente. The Clippers ranked in the top 10 in the NBA G League last season in rebounding, corralling 45.7 boards per contest. Former NCAA First-Team All-American Brice Johnson led the attack on the glass, posting 9.2 rebounds per game along with 13.2 points.

During the 2018-2019 season, Agua Caliente will be led by new head coach Brian Adams. Adams is the Los Angeles Clippers’ former video scouting director and worked closely with L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers for several seasons.

New two-way players Angel Delgado and Johnathan Motley are expected to make an immediate impact on the court as well. Delgado notched 13.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game as a senior with Seton Hall last season, posting 22 double-doubles in 34 games with the Pirates. Motley was acquired by the Clippers this offseason by way of Texas. The former Legends power forward averaged 22.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest in 34 games with the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA G League affiliate and was named to the All NBA G League Second Team.