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Los Angeles Lakers
(31-19, 2nd in Pacific, 4 games behind)
DRAFT PICKS: (No. 23, No. 30)


1999   D R A F T   C H O I C E S
Round Pick Player Pos College
1 23 Devean George SF
2 30 John Celestand PG Villanova

T E A M   S T R E N G T H S
  • Talent
  • Shaquille O'Neal/Kobe Bryant
  • Offense
  • W E A K N E S S E S
  • In house problems
  • Free throw shooting
  • C H A N G E S
  • Kurt Rambis out/Phil Jackson in
  • New arena - STAPLES Center
  • N E E D S
  • Blue collar power forward
  • Better point guard?
  • Re-sign Shaq (if he terminates existing contract)
  • N O T E S:
  • Swept out of the playoffs by San Antonio during the Conference Semis
  • Lakers in '90's: 0 titles, 1 Finals ... Lakers in '80's: 5 titles, 8 Finals
  • Went through three coaches last season: Del Harris (6-6), Bill Bertka (1-0) and Kurt Rambis (24-13)
  • 14 different Lakers started at least one game
  • Second in the league in scoring at 99.0 ppg ... only Sacramento averaged more (100.2)
  • O'Neal - averaged 26.3 ppg (2nd) 10.7 rpg (8th) and shot 57.6% (1st) ... he was second-team ALL-NBA
  • Kobe Bryant - career high 19.9 ppg and added 3.8 apg ... he was third-team ALL-NBA
  • Won 10 straight from 2/25 thru 3/12 ... were 21-19 in all other games
  • Dennis Rodman played 23 games with L.A. in '99...averaged 11.2 rpg ... Lakers went 17-6
  • Glen Rice played in 27 games with the L.A. -- averaged 17.5 ppg ... Lakers went 16-11
  • 4th-worst FT shooting team in league at .683 ... O'Neal shot .540
  • Trouble at the point ... Fisher started 21 games; Harper the other 29
  • Over half of the Lakers' games were televised nationally
  • F I R S T   R O U N D   P I C K S   I N   T H E   9 0 ' S
    1990 - Elden Campbell, F (27)
    1991 - None
    1992 - Anthony Peeler, G (15)
    1993 - George Lynch, F (12)
    1994 - Eddie Jones, G (10)
    1995 - None
    1996 - Derek Fisher, G (24)
    1997 - None
    1998 - Sam Jacobson, G/F (26)
    P L A Y E R S   B Y   P O S I T I O N
    Small Forwards
    Glen Rice
    Rick Fox
    Ruben Patterson
    Power Forwards
    J.R. Reid
    Robert Horry
    Centers
    Shaquille O'Neal
    Sean Rooks
    Travis Knight
    Point Guards
    Derek Fisher
    Derek Harper
    Tyronn Lue
    Shooting Guards
    Kobe Bryant
    Sam Jacobson
    F R E E   A G E N T S
    1999
    O'Neal (ETO)
    Fisher
    Reid
    Fox (PO)
    Rice (TO)
    Patterson
    2000
    Harper
    Knight (ETO)
    2001
    Information courtesy of Turner Sports



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