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Top-10 Los Angeles Lakers of All-Time

The best to play for the yellow and purple
Publish Date: 06/10/2023
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10) Jamaal Wilkes

Wilkes was long, athletic, and smooth with the ball. He thrived playing alongside Magic Johnson, running the floor like a gazelle and finishing with finesse at the rim.

Averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds a game for his 9 seasons in L.A.

Video: Jamaal Wilkes Career Highlights

Jamaal Wilkes Career Highlights

9) George Mikan

Considered by most the first great big man in NBA history. George Mikan was a member of the Minneapolis Lakers for his entire career. He averaged 23.1 points and 13.4 rebounds, winning five championships over the course of his time in the NBA.

Video: George Mikan: Tribute Mixtape

George Mikan: Tribute Mixtape

8) Shaquille O’Neal

The “Big Diesel” won three championships in L.A. with Kobe Bryant and was named MVP in all three of those title runs. In addition, O’Neal ranks second in franchise history in points (27), rebounds (11.8), and blocks (2.5) per game.

7) James Worthy

“Big Game James” averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 boards, and three assists throughout his career in purple and gold. Was at his best in the clutch in big situations.

Video: James Worthy - On the Line

James Worthy – On the Line

6) Elgin Baylor

He never won a championship but put up 27.4 points per game, which is the best average in Lakers history, and 13.5 boards in 14 seasons.

Video: Career Profiles: Elgin Baylor

Career Profiles: Elgin Baylor

5) Jerry West

West was the third player in league history to reach 25,000 points. West won his lone title in 1972 and finished his 14-year career in Los Angeles with 27 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per game.

Video: Jerry West - Living Legend

Jerry West – Living Legend

4) Wilt Chamberlain

“Wilt the Stilt” Chamberlain won just a single championship in L.A. but is the franchise leader in rebounds per game (19.2) and field-goal percentage (60.5 percent).

Video: Wilt Chamberlain - Domination

Wilt Chamberlain – Domination

3) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Had one of the most unstoppable shots in NBA history, the “skyhook.” During his 14 seasons in Los Angeles, he scored about 22 points and won five titles alongside Magic Johnson.

Video: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - One and Only

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – One and Only

2) Kobe Bryant

The Mamba has won five championships in Los Angeles and accumulated some serious hardware along the ride. He was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2008, won NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010.

Video: Kobe Bryant's Top 10 Plays of his Career

Kobe Bryant’s Top 10 Plays of his Career

1) Magic Johnson

He’s been in 12 All-Star games, has three MVP trophies, three NBA Finals MVP awards, and five titles. His 11.2 assists per game over the course of his 13-year career is the greatest in the history of the NBA. When you think Lakers, “Magic” comes to mind immediately.

Video: Top 10 Magic Johnson Plays.

Top 10 Magic Johnson Plays.

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