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The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Updated November 5, 2019 551 votes 33 voters34 items

List RulesVote based only on career success with the Los Angeles Lakers. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The history of Los Angeles Lakers first-round draft picks does not feature as many superstars as the average NBA fan might assume. The Lakers are among the best NBA franchises of all time and have won the the second-most championships in league history, but many of the team's icons came via trade or free agency rather than getting selected in the NBA draft. 

However, Magic Johnson and James Worthy, two of the best basketball players of all time, were both lifetime Lakers from draft to retirement. Derek Fisher was on board for five NBA titles, while players like Andrew Bynum, A.C. Green, and Devean George all won multiple championships with the franchise.

But which of these players had the best overall impact on the Lakers franchise during their playing careers? The stats below only reflect the players’ time spent with Los Angeles, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help improve the Lakers organization?

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    Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 1 (1979)

    Stats
    902 games played, 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg, 7.2 rpg, 1.9 spg
     
    Achievements
    5× NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
    3× NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987)
    3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989, 1990)
    12× NBA All-Star (1980, 1982–1992)
    9× All-NBA First Team (1983–1991)
    All-NBA Second Team (1982)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1980)

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    James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 1 (1982)

    Stats
    926 games played, 17.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 spg
     
    Achievements
    3× NBA champion (1985, 1987, 1988)
    NBA Finals MVP (1988)
    7× NBA All-Star (1986–1992)
    2× All-NBA Third Team (1990, 1991)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1983)

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    A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 23 (1985)

    Stats
    735 games played, 10.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg
     
    Achievements
    3× NBA champion (1987, 1988, 2000)
    NBA All-Star (1990)
    NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1989)

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    Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 26 (1989)

    Stats
    535 games played, 12.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.6 bpg
     
    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1990)

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    Derek Fisher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 24 (1996)

    Stats
    915 games played, 7.9 ppg, 2.9 apg
     
    Achievements
    5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009, 2010)

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    Eddie Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 10 (1994)

    Stats
    314 games played, 15.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg
     
    Achievements
    2× NBA All-Star (1997, 1998)
    2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1998, 1999)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1995)

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    Norm Nixon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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    Norm Nixon

    Draft selection: 22 (1977)

    Stats
    485 games played, 16.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg
     
    Achievements
    2× NBA champion (1980, 1982)
    NBA All-Star (1982)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1978)

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    Andrew Bynum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 10 (2005)

    Stats
    392 games played, 11.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg
     
    Achievements
    2× NBA champion (2009, 2010)
    NBA All-Star (2012)
    All-NBA Second Team (2012)

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    Elden Campbell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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    Elden Campbell

    Draft selection: 27 (1990)

    Stats
    618 games played, 10.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg

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    Brandon Ingram is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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    Brandon Ingram

    Draft selection: 2 (2016)

    Stats
    190 games played, 13.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.9 apg
     
    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2017)

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    Devean George is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 23 (1999)

    Stats
    429 games played, 6.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
     
    Achievements
    3× NBA champion (2000–2002)

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    Julius Randle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 7 (2014)

    Stats
    238 games played, 13.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.6 apg

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    Larry Nance Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 27 (2015)

    Stats
    168 games played, 6.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg

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    Anthony Peeler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 15 (1992)

    Stats
    205 games played, 10.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg

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    D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 2 (2015)

    Stats
    143 games played, 14.3 ppg, 4.0 apg, 3.5 rpg
     
    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2016)

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    Mark Madsen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 29 (2002)

    Stats
    183 games played, 2.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg
     
    Achievements
    2× NBA champion (2001, 2002)

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    Sasha Vujačić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 27 (2004)

    Stats
    420 games played, 4.8 ppg
     
    Achievements
    2× NBA champion (2009, 2010)

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    George Lynch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 12 (1993)

    Stats
    203 games played, 6.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg

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    Jordan Farmar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 26 (2006)

    Stats
    342 games played, 7.3 ppg, 2.5 apg
     
    Achievements
    2× NBA champion (2009, 2010)

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    Mike McGee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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    Mike McGee

    Draft selection: 19 (1981)

    Stats
    302 games played, 8.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg
     
    Achievements
    2× NBA champion (1982, 1985)

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    Brad Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 15 (1977)

    Stats
    38 games played, 2.7 ppg

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    Brad Holland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 14 (1979)

    Stats
    79 games played, 3.0 ppg
     
    Achievements
    NBA champion (1980)

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    Brian Cook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 24 (2003)

    Stats
    259 games played, 6.6 ppg

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    David Rivers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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    David Rivers

    Draft selection: 25 (1988)

    Stats
    47 games played, 2.9 ppg

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    Lonzo Ball is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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    Lonzo Ball

    Draft selection: 2 (2017)

    Stats
    99 games played, 10.0 ppg, 6.4 apg, 6.2 rpg
     
    Achievements
    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2018)

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