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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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    Moritz Wagner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 25 (2018)

    Stats
    43 games played, 4.8 ppg

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    Kenny Carr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 6 (1977)

    Stats
    129 games played, 6.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg

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    Sam Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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    Sam Jacobson

    Draft selection: 26 (1998)

    Stats
    5 games played, 3.6 ppg

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    Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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    Earl Jones

    Draft selection: 23 (1984)

    Stats
    2 games played, 0.0 ppg

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    Tony Bradley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 28 (2017)

    Stats
    Never played for Lakers

  • 31
    Javaris Crittenton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 19 (2007)

    Stats
    22 games played, 3.3 ppg

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    Toney Douglas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 29 (2009)

    Stats
    Never played for Lakers

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    Ken Barlow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 23 (1986)

    Stats
    Never played for Lakers

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    Chris Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

    Draft selection: 27 (2002)

    Stats
    Never played for Lakers

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