NBA 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 numbers 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 numbers. 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 retired. 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.

Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 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. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association 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 All-Star MVP Award. After protests from his fellow players, he retired again for four years, ...more on Wikipedia

Position: Point guard, Power forward

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 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 is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, 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 as an assistant coach, Abdul-Jabbar twice was voted NBA Finals MVP. ...more on Wikipedia

Position: Center

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 3 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 is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championships. Bryant is a 17-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He has led the league in scoring twice, and he ranks third on both the league's all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists. The son of former NBA player Joe Bryant, Kobe Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, where he was recognized as the ...more on Wikipedia

Position: Point guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

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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 "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA; he played for the University of Kansas and also for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA. The 7 foot 1 inch Chamberlain weighed 250 pounds as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually to over 300 pounds with the Lakers. He played the center position and is widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history. Chamberlain holds numerous NBA all-time records in scoring, rebounding and durability categories. He is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA ...more on Wikipedia

Position: Center

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