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The Greatest Lakers of All Time

Updated September 20, 2020 110.2k votes 14.6k voters 148.1k views107 items

List RulesNBA players who have played for the LA Lakers or Minneapolis Lakers.

Check out this list of the greatest Lakers of all time, ranked by fans like you. The list includes players from both the LA Lakers and the Minneapolis Lakers. These are some of the best basketball players in the NBA since the Lakers were first established as a club in 1947. Vote for those players you believe to be the best Lakers to move them up the list. If you don't see your favorites, add them to the bottom - or better yet, rerank them to create a personalized list of your own.

Think Magic Johnson is better than Kobe Bryant? Is Shaq one of the Lakers' greatest players? Though he's nearing the end of his career, will Lebron James go down as one of the greatest Lakers after signing in July 2018? Could Anthony Davis do the same?

Maybe this list of the best Lakers' players of all time will help us finally make a definitive decision. Whether you've been a fan of the team your whole life, or just enjoy watching top players compete against other super stars, you've probably got some sort of opinion on these famous Lakers players. Vote and make your voice heard!

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    Magic Johnson

    Point guard

    Age61

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    Number32

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #9 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#30 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

  • 2
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    1,528

    Age73

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

    More Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

    #364 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#1217 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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    1,517

    Age48

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

    More Shaquille O'Neal 

    #1052 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#217 of 439 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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    1,185

    Jerry West

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

    Number44

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #13 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches#2 of 22 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 60s

  • 5
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    2,709

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    1,390

    AgeDec. at 63 (1936-1999)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

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    18 Unbelievable But True Stories from the Buckwild Life of Wilt Chamberlain#6 of 269 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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    908

    Elgin Baylor

    Small forward

    Age86

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #11 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#11 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

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    716

    LeBron James

    Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 9
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    873

    James Worthy

    Small forward

    Age59

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #2 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time#12 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • 10
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    873

    AgeDec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceJoliet, Illinois

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #41 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History#124 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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    778

    Age77

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

    More Gail Goodrich 

    #4 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time#45 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

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    Jamaal Wilkes

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age67

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

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    #47 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#17 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

  • 13
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    703

    Michael Cooper

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age64

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #13 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s#18 of 196 The Best NBA Players from California

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    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center

    Age69

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

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    #47 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#26 of 30 The Best NBA Centers of the '90s

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    1,229

    Pau Gasol

    Power forward, Center

    Age40

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Number16

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs

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    #28 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#456 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

  • 16
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    Mychal Thompson

    Power forward, Center

    Age65

    BirthplaceNassau, Bahamas

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

    Age27

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #8 of 265 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today#1 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time

  • 18
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    A. C. Green

    Power forward, Center

    Age57

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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    #21 of 31 The Best Power Forwards of the 1990s#15 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s

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    Robert Horry

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age49

    BirthplaceMaryland, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

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    #10 of 24 The Best NCAA Power Forwards of the 80s#25 of 28 The Best NCAA Small Forwards of the 80s

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    Derek Fisher

    Point guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Number6

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors

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    #54 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#51 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

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    Rick Fox

    Small forward

    Age51

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Phil Jackson

    Center, Forward-center

    Age74

    BirthplaceDeer Lodge, Montana

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

    More Phil Jackson 

    #59 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes#37 of 90 The Best New York Knicks of All Time

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    Glen Rice

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age53

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers

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    #2 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#12 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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    Byron Scott

    Shooting guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceOgden, Utah, United States of America

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies

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    #16 of 53 The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas#17 of 23 The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked

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    Eddie Jones

    Shooting guard

    Age49

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

    More Eddie Jones 

    #12 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked#24 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s