The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most historic franchises in NBA history. With 16 NBA championships (only trailing the Celtics), the Lakers have a plethora of hall of famers.This was a tough one to distinguish and we had to leave some very high level hall of famers off the list. We might need another mountain to just fit all the Lakers that deserve to be on the Mount Rushmore of Los Angeles Lakers.
Where do we start? Magic Johnson averaged 19.5 points per game, 11.2 assists and 7.2 rebounds. But that’s just the start. Magic led the Lakers to 9 NBA final appearances in his 13 year career and they won 5 of them.
Magic didn’t win the Rookie of the Year trophy (getting edged out by Larry Bird), but he did win an NBA championship in his rookie season. Magic finished his storied career with three MVP trophies, three Final MVP trophies and until today is the only player in NBA history to win a finals MVP as a rookie.
Arguably not only is Magic Johnson on the Lakers Mount Rushmore, but he’s also on the NBA’s Mount Rushmore as one of the 4 greatest players of all time.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the model of consistency for two entire decades for fans in the 1970’s and 80’s. Kareem is the all time leading scorer in NBA history.
But that’s just one of his major accomplishments. Kareem played 20 years in the NBA where he had 6 MVP awards, two Finals MVP awards and more. Kareem was known for his famous “sky hook”.
Kareem won three MVP Awards with the Lakers and five titles — the final coming in a season where he played in 80 games and averaged 14.6 points per game at the age of 40.
Kobe is universally loved by Laker fans. Kobe was an 18-time All-Star and won five titles in Los Angeles. He is third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list trailing only Kareem and Karl Malone.
Oh, and you can’t forget that he holds the record for the second greatest scoring performance of all time, which put into context, is debabtly more impressive than Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game. Kobe is the ultimate Laker and still is around the team today.
His nickname “The Black Mamba” exemplifies how intense and focused on winning Kobe really was.
This was tough. We had to make a decision between Jerry West and Shaq and we gave a slight edge to Shaq. Why? Well in his prime there was no one more dominant then Shaq.
He was a Four time NBA champion, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one the year after leaving Los Angeles with the Miami Heat,
Shaq is a one time regular season MVP, three time Finals MVP, two time scoring champion and was Rookie of the Year in 1993 with the Orlando Magic.