All-Time Lakers Team

Magic Johnson | Starting guard
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Magic Johnson | Starting guard

What is the Lakers' ultimate roster? Here is our pick for the 12-man all-time team, with an emphasis on a player's performance in a Lakers uniform (sorry, Karl Malone) and with some flexibility in finding room for four dominant centers. With apologies to Byron Scott, Jim Pollard, Jamaal Wilkes, Pau Gasol and A.C. Green, among others, here is The Greatest Laker team.

He played one of the greatest games in NBA Finals history in 1980 when he moved to center in place of an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And that's when he was a rookie. Over the next 11 seasons, before the first of his two retirements, nobody played the position better. And, perhaps, nobody every will.

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