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The physically intimidating Shaq had his greatest success in Phil Jackson's triangle offense, winning three straight titles and Finals MVP honors (2000-02).
Mr. Clutch averaged 27.0 points in his career, leading the Lakers to a record 33 straight wins and the city's first NBA championship (1972).
This silky-smooth forward with excellent hands won three Lakers titles (1980, '82, '85) and was named to the All-Defensive team twice.
Riley gets the nod over Phil Jackson for pioneering style (slicked-back hair, Armani suits) and substance (four titles, seven NBA Finals in L.A.).