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The Greatest Lakers of All Time

Updated September 20, 2020 116.5k votes 14.4k voters 146.6k 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 Johnson1
    7,235
    1,866

    Magic Johnson

    Point guard, Power forward

    Age61

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar2
    6,014
    1,552

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Shaquille O'Neal3
    5,235
    1,516

    Age47

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

  • Jerry West4
    3,914
    1,168

    Jerry West

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • Wilt Chamberlain5
    4,524
    1,443

    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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  • Kobe Bryant6
    8,481
    2,892

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Elgin Baylor7
    2,851
    939

    Elgin Baylor

    Small forward

    Age85

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #13 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#12 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

  • LeBron James8
    2,604
    734

    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • James Worthy9
    2,689
    903

    James Worthy

    Small forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • George Mikan10
    1,825
    913

    AgeDec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceJoliet, Illinois

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • Jamaal Wilkes11
    981
    559

    Jamaal Wilkes

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age66

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

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    #6 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time#59 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Michael Cooper12
    1,177
    724

    Michael Cooper

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age63

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • Bob McAdoo13
    893
    539

    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center

    Age69

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

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

  • Gail Goodrich14
    1,333
    813

    Age77

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

  • Mychal Thompson15
    574
    314

    Mychal Thompson

    Power forward, Center

    Age64

    BirthplaceNassau, Bahamas

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Anthony Davis16
    443
    86

    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

    Age27

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #1 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#49 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • Pau Gasol17
    2,025
    1,306

    Pau Gasol

    Power forward, Center

    Age40

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Number16

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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    #20 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History#19 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • A. C. Green18
    948
    600

    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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    #60 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History#20 of 31 The Best Power Forwards of the 1990s

  • Glen Rice19
    377
    193

    Glen Rice

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

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

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  • Phil Jackson20
    474
    156

    Phil Jackson

    Center, Forward-center

    Age74

    BirthplaceDeer Lodge, Montana

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

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  • Rick Fox21
    751
    469

    Rick Fox

    Small forward

    Age50

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

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  • Robert Horry22
    1,074
    710

    Robert Horry

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age49

    BirthplaceMaryland, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Byron Scott23
    1,235
    814

    Byron Scott

    Shooting guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceOgden, Utah, United States of America

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies

  • Eddie Jones24
    629
    408

    Eddie Jones

    Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida

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

  • Derek Fisher25
    1,279
    857

    Derek Fisher

    Point guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Number6

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors