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The Greatest Lakers of All Time

Updated September 20, 2020 115.5k votes 14.3k voters 145.9k 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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  • 1
    Magic Johnson
    7,199
    1,834

    Magic Johnson

    Point guard, Power forward

    Age60

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 2
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    5,980
    1,525

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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  • 3
    Shaquille O'Neal
    5,211
    1,492

    Age47

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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    #514 of 595 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures#935 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • 4
    Jerry West
    3,897
    1,140

    Jerry West

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age81

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 5
    Wilt Chamberlain
    4,496
    1,423

    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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  • 6
    Kobe Bryant
    8,388
    2,886

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age41

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 7
    Elgin Baylor
    2,836
    933

    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

  • 8
    LeBron James
    2,562
    721

    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 9
    James Worthy
    2,672
    894

    James Worthy

    Small forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 10
    George Mikan
    1,812
    912

    AgeDec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceJoliet, Illinois

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #17 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History#31 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • 11
    Jamaal Wilkes
    978
    552

    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#98 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • 12
    Michael Cooper
    1,172
    719

    Michael Cooper

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age63

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 13
    Mychal Thompson
    568
    307

    Mychal Thompson

    Power forward, Center

    Age64

    BirthplaceNassau, Bahamas

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

  • 14
    Anthony Davis
    426
    81

    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

    Age26

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #1 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#50 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • 15
    Bob McAdoo
    885
    536

    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center

    Age68

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

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

  • 16
    Gail Goodrich
    1,325
    809

    Age76

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

  • 17
    A. C. Green
    940
    597

    A. C. Green

    Power forward, Center

    Age56

    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#51 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History

  • 18
    Glen Rice
    371
    189

    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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    #1 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#20 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • 19
    Phil Jackson
    463
    152

    Phil Jackson

    Center, Forward-center

    Age74

    BirthplaceDeer Lodge, Montana

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

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    #2 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches#57 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes

  • 20
    Rick Fox
    744
    463

    Rick Fox

    Small forward

    Age50

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

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    #78 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#22 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time

  • 21
    Pau Gasol
    2,000
    1,303

    Pau Gasol

    Power forward, Center

    Age40

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Number16

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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    #35 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#19 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • 22
    Robert Horry
    1,063
    709

    Robert Horry

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age49

    BirthplaceMaryland, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

  • 23
    Derek Fisher
    1,271
    852

    Derek Fisher

    Point guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

    Number6

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors

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    #53 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#71 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

  • 24
    Eddie Jones
    625
    402

    Eddie Jones

    Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida

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

  • 25
    Kyle Kuzma
    622
    357

    Kyle Kuzma

    Power forward

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    Number0

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers