Best Players in Lakers History

The Top Ten

1 Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant Kobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers and is the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.

kobe could shoot, dribble, shake/trick people and can dunk/lay up. so kobe is like the best basketball player in the NBA like michael jordan.

Not a ball hog. Period. He averages more assists than Durant, my goodness. 81-point game. Career high assists is 15 and had 14 twice. Youngest to 30,000. 12 threes made in a game. Highest score at the Rose Garden by an opponent and Madison Square Garden, two tough places to play at. Made two free throws off an Achilles injury. If someone asks you who's better Kobe or Jordan I hope you get your facts right.

Kobe is the best in nba compared to the other star player in nba. We can compared him to mj but kobe always been different...

I love kobe

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2 Magic Johnson Magic Johnson Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons.

Outside of being the All- star game MVP despite having HIV. Outside of his miracle shots. Having a triple-double at have time. Outside of getting those rebounds. Outside of making no-look passes. Outside of being one of the 50 Greatest. Outside of winning championships. Outside of being at least one of the 20 greatest. He was the greatest ever. Look at his accomplishments and comparing that to Michael. The only one to have the Finals MVP as a rookie. Don't see it? I hope you are understanding me, really.

Magic Johnson is the greatest Laker be far, Kobe is great no Magic Joshnson, this poll seen to favor younger votes who didn't witness the greatness of Magic Johnson.

13 years and 9 finals appearances. 3 MVP's in the Jordan and Bird Era. Never bounced in the first round. I love Kobe but Magic is the best Laker ever hands down!

Came son championship playing the center position when kareem went down

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3 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Throughout KAJ's career not just with the Lakers he racked up the most All-Star selections, All-NBA selections, points, regular season MVP awards and double digit years with LA that can't be overlooked for two things that every body wants in a guy dominance pure pure dominance and that is Kareem for you, you never know what he pulls out of his pocket whether it is a break away dunk or a crisp clean sky hook. - logankulas

Kareem abdul Jabbar is not only the the #1 Laker, he is the #1 NBA player of all times. He has 6 MVP's, 6 championships. 5 with LA, and more points than any other Laker or player in the NBA. He always stayed in great shape. No real injuries that put him out of the season. Unlike Kobie or Magic. The "sky hook" was the single most unstoppable weapon in sports history.

Kareem is better than kobe bryant if you ask me because he was a legend because of his famous move the skyhook the problem with kobe is that he does not pass he always goes for it himself he is a selfish player also kareem is better than kobe but not better than magic

#3? SARIOUSLAY DAOWG (yes I spelled it wrong on purpose)

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4 Wilt Chamberlain Wilt Chamberlain Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player . He was born on August 21, 1936 in Philadelphia and died on October 12, 1999 in Los Angeles due to heart failure . more.

The big dipper is with out a doubt the best player in franchise history he defeated one of the greatest feat in NBA history he scored 100 points in just one game and he scored nearly as much as Michael Jordan even though his career was five years shorter and Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest player of all time has 4 MVP awards 31,000 career points and he only had a fourteen year career and recorded over 23,000 career rebounds and averaged 22.5 rebounds per game so you can't say he is fourth of all time

Rest in peace to him. He scored more 50 point games than MJ and he was more than a scorer. People thought he was a ball hog and than he said he going to lead this league in assists one year. He did. Shot blocker and he got rebounds for the teams he played for and was a part of the that 33-game win streak. Once again, rest in peace.

Could do things that most big men can't like pass well and handle the ball! He led the league in assist once! Also, dominated games like no one else!

I still stand by the fact that he is the greatest basketball player of all time, but when he joined the Lakers he was no longer in his prime. - hiphopgod

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5 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is known for his fun, friendly personality, and is one of the most beloved athletes of all time.

Shaq is totally better than Kobe Bryant. Bryant just touches the ball gets it in. He's only good at shooting. Well, SHAQ averages better than Kobe Bryant and he gets the most rebounds. Look at his body. He's 136kg and 216cm. Kobe doesn't have 2m

I love shaquille o'neal I want to come to mount vernon il so I can meet him and play basketball with him one on one with the great one

Most dominant and feared big man every to play in the NBA, plus his stats in LA don't lie 27 points per game and 12 boards for his career there

Shall is like my favorite player is way better than kobe I mean really

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6 Jerry West Jerry West Jerry Alan West is an American retired basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

When you talk about commitment the number one person that would come to your mind is Jerry West even if you did not know it because he stuck with the Lakers (and the all star team) for his entire career and now he owns the Lakers and he brought together the greatest one-two punches since Scottie and Jordan and if you can't see a fourteen time all star as great then what is - logankulas

I'm not even a Lakers fan and The Logo earned my respect. I want to see Kobe make a full-court shot in the last seconds of the FINALS! I want to see Kobe lead the league in assists and make it to the Finals 9 times. That's why Jerry West should be higher than Kobe. - bishop.moore07

Sorry but all I have to say is, one he won MVP for the finals on the losing team, and brought his single all-star team to 9 championships against an OP Celtics team, PERIOD. Other than his playing what he did when he was a GM is one of the greatest moves of all-time. Bringing Shaq and Kobe for 3 rings and winning 1 of his own he brought 25% of the Lakers rings to LA. Just look at the NBA logo. GREATEST ALL-TIME LAKER & PLAYER

He bomb

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7 Elgin Baylor Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor is the best from this list period. He made what the Los Angeles Lakers are today!

He scored 71 points in a game once the 2nd Lakers record in scoring. He also was a good defender and rebounder.

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8 James Worthy

He dunked like the statue of liberty. And, he was a Finals MVP and number one draft pick. The Lakers would not have 16 if they did not draft him.

James Worthy third member of the Showtime era

Awesome player


9 Derek Fisher

Greatest player ever and not acknowledged.

Fisher is a amaze an at garden

My favorite player of all time. Widely under appreciated and under valued. Best cluch of all time.

3 pointer with. 2 left. Never fails the last couple of seconds. Great team player, great athlete. D fish is the best.

10 Byron Scott

People forget that Byron Scott was the leading scorer for the Lakers the 1987-88 championship season. He averaged 21 points a game - that was more than Magic, Worthy or Kareem!

I very much agree with you that byron is good but I think Kobe is my favorite I like Kobe a lot and I look up to him a lot!

Kobe's the best... but Byron is my favorite Laker of all time.


The Contenders

11 George Mikan George Mikan

George Mikan utterly changed the way "big men" played the Center position. Top 5, for sure. Rating Mikan as #11 is a result of people thinking in the short term. My top 5: Magic, Kareem, Jerry West, Kobe, George Mikan.

He is another one that passed great and was a great post player. Rest in Peace he passed away about 13, 14 years ago. The first Lakers and NBA star.

George Mikan was one of the NBA's first big stars and the Lakers should be glad to have him as part of their history. George Mikan led the Lakers to four out of five championships.

He is the first NBA star. He is one of the pioneers of the NBA, and was the most dominant player anybody from that era had seen - hiphopgod

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12 Pau Gasol Pau Gasol Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.

One of the most dominant big man to ever play with the lakers.

As a matter of fact he only helped win 2 rings not 4


Go pal

13 Karl Malone Karl Malone Karl Anthony Malone is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The MailMan", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Utah Jazz and formed a formidable duo with his teammate John Stockton.

He was so bad as a laker muggsy bogues could have trashed he's ass in 1v1 but a beast as a jazz

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14 A.C. Green
15 Nick Young Nick Young Nicholas Aaron "Nick" Young is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

He should be in the top 5

He's so conferent he's going to make every shot he just turns around and celebrates

Nick young has had manyyy highlits he deserves to be in the top 5

16 Steve Nash Steve Nash Stephen John Nash, is a Canadian retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. V 2 Comments
17 Michael Cooper

Much like Magic, the Showtime Lakers don't win without Coop. Number 16? Behind Steve Nash? No way! A threat and a team player on both sides of the ball. A three position spark plug. Larry Bird once stated when he worked out in the summer he thought of Michael Cooper. enough SAID!


Behind Nash as a Laker?
Behind Malone as a Laker?
Those two did exactly what for/as Lakers?

18 Robert Horry

So clutch he absolutely needs to be in the top 10.

Robert Horry was the most humble player the Laker orginization had ever seen. The man did his job and went on with his day and most of the time he was coming off the bench! I grew up watchin Robert play and seen plenty of game changing plays and buzzer beaters he made to win games. He will definitely go down in my mind as one of the greatest Lakers of all time!

He went to Alabama

19 Gail Goodrich
20 Kurt Rambis

How is this legend not number 1 on the list!?! This guy won played 9 years with the Lakers and won 4 championships in that time! Not to mention he coached the team for 10 years!

A true god to the game of basketball. Changed the game. Do I need to say more?

The most underrated player ever in the NBA by far


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21 Nick Van Exel

The third most exciting Laker, after Magic and Kobe. Van Exel WAS the Lakers in the mid 90's. He had so many clutch shots, to include his game winning three at the buzzer in the last game at the Celtics old Boston Garden.

He can do anything and he has a lot of clutch

22 Lamar Odom
23 Jeremy Lin Jeremy Lin Jeremy Shu-How Lin is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association.
24 LeBron James LeBron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.

You never know

They need to update his description. It says he plays for the Cavs but he a laker now

He's the best player we've ever had

25 Jamaal Wilkes

Wilkes was the best small forward for the lakers in his time there very underrated

26 Norm Nixon
27 John Wall John Wall
28 Vlade Divac Vlade Divac

Vlade Divac is probably in top 20 international players of all time

How is vlade behind Jeremy Lin

29 Eddie Jones
30 Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball

Averaging a double double as a rookie! Definitely one of the best rookies for the Lakers. Kobe did not average a double double in his rookie year but Lonzo Ball can. Anyway he could be the one to get the Lakers franchise back on top.

Lonzo Ball vs Brian Scalabrine, book it Bischoff - hiphopgod

31 Robert Sacre
32 Jordan Clarkson
33 Metta World Peace Metta World Peace
34 Larry Nance
35 Josh Hart
36 Gary Payton Gary Payton
37 Kwame Brown

GOAT him and kobe best laker duo ever outscore the mavs in 3 quarters they combined for 63

He has hella swag

Kwame Brown is the best Laker and the best basketball player ever lived. 'enough said. End of discussion

38 Sam Perkins
39 Dwight Howard Dwight Howard Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

One of the best centers to play the game

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40 Andrew Bynum


41 Jim Pollard

Great player was a great 4 and the ying to mikans yang

42 Bob McAdoo
43 D'angelo Russell D'angelo Russell

Gonna be one of the greats

Ice in my VEINS

44 Sasha Vujacic
45 Brook Lopez Brook Lopez
46 Brandon Ingram Brandon Ingram
47 Kyle Kuzma
48 Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Jamar Thomas is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.
49 Channing Frye Channing Frye
50 Julius Randle
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