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THE HISTORY: THE GREATEST LAKERS OF ALL TIME
Mitch Getz
June 25, 2009
BIG GEORGE, WILT, KAREEM AND SHAQ. ASSEMBLING THE LIST OF THE GREATEST LAKERS BEGINS BY FEEDING THE POST
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June 25, 2009

The History: The Greatest Lakers Of All Time

BIG GEORGE, WILT, KAREEM AND SHAQ. ASSEMBLING THE LIST OF THE GREATEST LAKERS BEGINS BY FEEDING THE POST

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CAREER YEARS AND STATISTICS ARE ONLY WITH THE LAKERS

WILT CHAMBERLAIN
C
CAREER: 1968-73
17.7 ppg, 19.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 60.5 FG%, 47.5 FT%

The original ladies' man had a larger-than-life persona, though his hoops skills were declining when he arrived at the age of 32. However, the Dipper—here with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), Pat Riley (12) and Jerry West (44)—still averaged a team-record 19.2 rebounds a game.

JERRY WEST
G
CAREER: 1960-74
27.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.7 apg, 2.6 spg, 47.4 FG%, 81.4 FT%

West averaged 31.0 and 31.3 points in 1964-65 and '65-66, respectively, and tallied 25,192 points (the most in Lakers history) and 6,238 assists (second). He made a pretty good G.M., too, helping bring Kobe and Shaq to the Lakers.

ELGIN BAYLOR
F
CAREER: 1958-72
27.4 ppg, 13.5 rpg, 4.3 apg, 43.1 FG%, 78.0 FT%

Before he was the caretaker for L.A.'s ugly sister team, Baylor was an above-the-rim star in a horizontal era. He mastered the ability of hanging in the air to better shoot over taller players like Bill Russell (6). Baylor once scored 71 against the Knicks.

A.C. GREEN
F
CAREER: 1985-93, '99-00
10.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 50.3 FG%, 74.7 FT%

In nine seasons with the Lakers the NBA's Iron Man missed just three regular season games. Green had a knack for securing tough rebounds and quickly dishing the ball out to Magic for a fast break. Although the A.C. officially doesn't stand for anything, it could be an unofficial abbreviation for Always Consistent.

GAIL GOODRICH
G
CAREER: 1965-68, '70-76
19.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.2 apg, 46.0 FG%, 81.7 FT%

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