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The Best Los Angeles Lakers To Have Their Numbers Retired  

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List Rules Vote up the best Los Angeles Lakers players to have their legendary number retired for all time.

These Los Angeles Lakers players have all had their numbers retired. After making a big impact while playing for the team, players such as Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West had their jerseys retired. But not every player in the NBA gets their number retired, it is an honor bestowed upon the best players of a franchise. Which of these athletes are the greatest Los Angeles Lakers players? This list is only for Los Angeles Lakers players with retired jerseys. Coaches and managers have had their numbers retired as well but we're here to determine the best Los Angeles Lakers players that have had their number retired for all time.

The Lakers have also honored the following players from the Lakers’ Minneapolis era but have not officially retired their numbers: Jim Pollard (17), Vern Mikkelsen (19), Slater Martin (22), Clyde Lovellette (34), George Mikan (99).

Although these are undoubtedly great players, not all of them have been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame despite having their numbers honored. The Los Angeles Lakers players that have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame are noted below. Vote up the Los Angeles Lakers players with retired numbers that you think made the biggest contribution to the team.

Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 8, 24  (the only player to have two numbers retired by the same team)

Years with franchise: 1996–2016

Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Los Angeles Lakers. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships. Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive team and was the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2008. His four All-Star MVP Awards are tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history. At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team. In 2018, Bryant won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film ...more on Wikipedia

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 32

Years with franchise: 1979–1991, 1996

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the ...more on Wikipedia

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 33

Years with franchise: 1975–1989

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.; April 16, 1947) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. A member of six NBA championship teams as a player and two more as an assistant coach, Abdul-Jabbar twice was voted NBA Finals MVP. In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. NBA coach Pat Riley and players Isiah Thomas ...more on Wikipedia

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Los Angeles Lakers To Have Their Numbers Retired
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Number: 13

Years with franchise: 1968–1973​​​​​​​

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Wilton Norman Chamberlain (; August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball player who played as a center and is considered one of the greatest players in history. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the University of Kansas and also for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA. Chamberlain stood 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall, and weighed 250 pounds (110 kg) as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually to over 300 pounds (140 kg) with the Lakers. Chamberlain holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding, and durability categories. ...more on Wikipedia

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