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The Greatest Lakers of All Time 

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Updated January 29, 2020 106.3k votes 13.7k voters 141.6k views 107 items

List Rules NBA 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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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Center from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 72

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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#12 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1,421 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time #3 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Point guard and Power forward from Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 60

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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#11 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #26 of 113 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

3
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Center from Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 47

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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#1,182 of 2,835 The Most Influential People of All Time #713 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #142 of 262 Celebrities Who Should Run for President

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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
5
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 41

Number: 24

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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24 Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant From Across The World #195 of 242 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked #486 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Center from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: Dec. at 63 (1936-1999)

Teams: Philadelphia 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 #9 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #265 of 529 Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are

7
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America

Age: 85

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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#513 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #11 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #13 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Small forward from Gastonia, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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#2,053 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #12 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #34 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

9
George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Center from Joliet, Illinois

Age: Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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#54 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #14 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History #19 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

10
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Power forward and Center from Barcelona, Spain

Age: 39

Number: 16

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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#72 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #11 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History #22 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 63

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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#116 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #54 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #22 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s

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Gail Goodrich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time

Age: 76

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

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#103 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #37 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History #33 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

13
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Shooting guard from Ogden, Utah, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies

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#128 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #46 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #25 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

14
Derek Fisher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Point guard from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: 45

Number: 6

Teams: Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors

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#192 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #52 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #64 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

15
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 23

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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The Best LeBron 16 Colorways, Ranked #262 of 274 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #1,851 of 2,835 The Most Influential People of All Time

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Robert Horry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
wiabux added Small forward and Power forward from Maryland, United States of America

Age: 49

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

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#31 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #109 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #40 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

17
Jamaal Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
StacyWolfe added Shooting guard and Small forward from Berkeley, California, United States of America

Age: 66

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

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#1,555 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #47 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #126 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
bojanthebest added Power forward and Center from Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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#158 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #56 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History #14 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s

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Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Erica C added Power forward and Center from Greensboro, North Carolina

Age: 68

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, + more

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#887 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #65 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #44 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

20
Nick Van Exel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Point guard from Kenosha, Wisconsin

Age: 48

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

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#76 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #222 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #66 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

21
Rick Fox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Small forward from Toronto, Canada

Age: 50

Teams: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

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#57 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #526 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #66 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Eddie Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Shooting guard from Pompano Beach, Florida

Age: 48

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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#135 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #721 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #57 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from South Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 40

Number: 7

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers

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#71 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #746 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #169 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
sunikso added Small forward from Queensbridge, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 40

Number: 15

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

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#96 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #169 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #48 of 77 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

25
Mychal Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Lakers of All Time
Mychal Thompson Power forward and Center from Nassau, Bahamas

Age: 64

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

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#474 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #88 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #39 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked