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The Greatest Lakers of All Time

Updated September 20, 2020 114.5k votes 14.2k voters 145.3k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    7,159
    1,816

    Magic Johnson

    Point guard, Power forward

    Age60

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 2
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    5,941
    1,509

    Age72

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

  • 3
    Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    5,179
    1,466

    Age47

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • 4
    Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    3,877
    1,115

    Jerry West

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age81

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 5
    Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    4,468
    1,405

    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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    8,298
    2,880

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age41

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 7
    James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    2,655
    886

    James Worthy

    Small forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 8
    Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    2,816
    926

    Elgin Baylor

    Small forward

    Age85

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 9
    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    2,511
    712

    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 10
    George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    1,797
    908

    AgeDec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceJoliet, Illinois

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 11
    Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    974
    547

    Jamaal Wilkes

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age66

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

  • 12
    Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    1,168
    713

    Michael Cooper

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age63

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 13
    Mychal Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    564
    301

    Mychal Thompson

    Power forward, Center

    Age64

    BirthplaceNassau, Bahamas

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

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  • 14
    Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    403
    74

    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

    Age26

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 15
    Gail Goodrich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    1,317
    808

    Age76

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

  • 16
    Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    876
    534

    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center

    Age68

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

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

  • 17
    A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    936
    595

    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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  • 18
    Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    367
    183

    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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  • 19
    Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    458
    149

    Phil Jackson

    Center, Forward-center

    Age74

    BirthplaceDeer Lodge, Montana

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

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  • 20
    Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    1,985
    1,301

    Pau Gasol

    Power forward, Center

    Age40

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Number16

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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  • 21
    Rick Fox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    739
    462

    Rick Fox

    Small forward

    Age50

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

  • 22
    Kyle Kuzma is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    616
    347

    Kyle Kuzma

    Power forward

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    Number0

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 23
    Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    1,219
    809

    Byron Scott

    Shooting guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceOgden, Utah, United States of America

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies

  • 24
    Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    1,056
    707

    Robert Horry

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age49

    BirthplaceMaryland, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

  • 25
    Eddie Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
    619
    401

    Eddie Jones

    Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida

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

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