After winning three titles as Lakers G.M. in the '80s, Jerry West kept restocking the team until it regained the crown in 2000.
The 7-footer from Yugoslavia, drafted with the 26th pick, replaces Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at center.
NICK VAN EXEL
The Cincinnati guard, a second-round pick, is a reliable scorer, averaging 15.1 during five seasons in L.A.
The gritty guard from Arkansas-Little Rock, a first-round choice, is a deadly marksman from behind the arc.
The future superstar, drafted out of high school by the Hornets in the first round, is traded to L.A. for Divac.
Signed as a free agent, the former Magic center will become, in L.A., the NBA's dominant force.
The veteran forward, acquired in a trade with Phoenix, adds tough D and some clutch shooting.
Signed as a free agent, the former Celtics forward will start on the Lakers' title teams
The Zen master, who won six rings as Bulls coach, unretires and soon wins three more with the Lakers.
A first-rounder out of minuscule Augsburg, the athletic swingman will develop into a solid reserve.