28 Teams in 28 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

2018-2019 Finish: 26-24 (3rd in Pacific Division)

2018-2019 Accolades: Angel Delgado (All-NBA G League 1st Team/Rookie of the Year/All-NBA G League Rookie Team), Jonathan Motley (All-NBA G League 2nd Team)

2018-2019 NBA Call-Ups: None

Current Two-Way Players: Amir Coffey (Minnesota) and Jonathan 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.

In their second NBA G League season, the Agua Caliente Clippers narrowly missed the playoffs, finishing 3rd in the Pacific Division with a franchise-best 26-24 record. Two-Way player Angel Delgado, who was named to the All-NBA G League First Team and earned NBA G League Rookie of the Year honors, led the charge with averages of 18.5 points and 14.8 rebounds per game during the 2018-19 season. Jonathan Motley, the Clippers’ other Two-Way player, finished on the All-NBA G League Second Team after notching 24.5 points, 10 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest.

Motley returns to the Clippers on the second year of his Two-Way contract, while Amir Coffey will fill Agua Caliente’s other slot previously held by Angel Delgado. Coffey spent three seasons at Minnesota, where he was named to the All-Big 10 Third Team in 2019 and the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2017. Coffey is a dynamic, scoring guard with length to cause problems defensively and the athleticism to become a driving force behind an offense.

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