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The Greatest Lakers of All Time

Updated September 20, 2020 110.0k votes 14.7k voters 148.9k 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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    Magic Johnson

    Point guard

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  • 2
    5,630
    1,546

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  • 3
    8,107
    2,667

    Kobe Bryant

    Point guard, Shooting guard

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  • 4
    4,889
    1,532

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  • 5
    3,682
    1,187

    Jerry West

    Point guard, Shooting guard

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  • 6
    4,261
    1,401

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  • 7
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    867

    James Worthy

    Small forward

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  • 8
    2,707
    908

    Elgin Baylor

    Small forward

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  • 9
    2,467
    744

    LeBron James

    Power forward

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  • 10
    1,747
    863

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  • 11
    930
    556

    Jamaal Wilkes

    Shooting guard, Small forward

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  • 12
    1,268
    774

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  • 13
    1,933
    1,217

    Pau Gasol

    Power forward, Center

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  • 14
    1,116
    699

    Michael Cooper

    Point guard, Shooting guard

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  • 15
    847
    521

    Bob McAdoo

    Power forward, Center

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  • 16
    540
    328

    Mychal Thompson

    Power forward, Center
  • 17
    897
    572

    A. C. Green

    Power forward, Center

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

  • 18
    488
    122

    Anthony Davis

    Power forward, Center

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  • 19
    1,171
    754

    Byron Scott

    Shooting guard
  • 20
    1,217
    799

    Derek Fisher

    Point guard

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    #55 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#63 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

  • 21
    469
    157

    Phil Jackson

    Center, Forward-center

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    #61 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes#2 of 23 The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked

  • 22
    712
    453

    Rick Fox

    Small forward
  • 23
    603
    386

    Eddie Jones

    Shooting guard

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    Robert Horry

    Small forward, Power forward

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  • 25
    370
    200

    Glen Rice

    Shooting guard, Small forward