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

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List Rules Vote 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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1
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)
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)

2
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 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)

3
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 3 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)

4
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)

5
Julius Randle is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
Andrew Bynum is listed (or ranked) 6 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)

7
Derek Fisher is listed (or ranked) 7 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)

8
Eddie Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 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)

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

Draft selection: 2 (2016)

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

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

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)

11
A. C. Green is listed (or ranked) 11 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)

12
Sasha Vujačić is listed (or ranked) 12 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)

13
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

14
Brian Cook is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
Jordan Farmar is listed (or ranked) 15 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)

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

Draft selection: 19 (1981)

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

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

Draft selection: 23 (1984)

Stats
2 games played, 0.0 ppg

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

Draft selection: 25 (1988)

Stats
47 games played, 2.9 ppg

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

Draft selection: 26 (1998)

Stats
5 games played, 3.6 ppg

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

Draft selection: 28 (2017)

Stats
Never played for Lakers

21
Mark Madsen is listed (or ranked) 21 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)

22
Anthony Peeler is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
Brad Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
Brad Holland is listed (or ranked) 24 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)

25
Devean George is listed (or ranked) 25 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)