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10 Things From Los Angeles Lakers History That NBA Fans Should Know

TheSportster 28/11/2022 Roberth Perez
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The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the greatest franchises of all time, and not just in basketball, but in sports in general. In fact, according to Forbes, the Lakers are the 10th most valuable team in the world, worth $5.5 billion. That's not surprising, as they have been a winning franchise over the years and have had several legendary players.

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This team has a rich history, full of glorious moments, records, and facts that every basketball fan should know. Without further ado, here are 10 things about Los Angeles Lakers history that NBA fans should know.

Name Origin

Surely many already know the origin of the team's name, especially its fans, but most NBA fans don't know it and perhaps haven't even wondered.

Well, the Lakers were not always in Los Angeles, as they were born in Minneapolis, The Land of 10,000 Lakes. That's why they adopted the name Lakers. Then they moved to Los Angeles, but the name stuck, even when it doesn’t really make sense.

Championships

This franchise has 17 NBA championships, the most in history, along with the Boston Celtics. The Lakers have a competitive spirit like few other sports teams and have had many legendary players throughout history, so it's no wonder they have so many titles.

Their most recent championship victory was in the pandemic 2019-20 season. Five of those championships were won by the Minneapolis Lakers in a six-year span, although people don't talk about it much.

28 Hall Of Famers

28 NBA Hall of Famers played at some point in their careers with the Los Angeles Lakers.

They are George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Vern Mikkelsen, Slater Martin, Clyde Lovellette, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Wilt Chamberlain, Connie Hawkins, Zelmo Beaty, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Adrian Dantley, Lou Hudson, Charlie Scott, Jamaal Wilkes, Spencer Haywood, Magic Johnson, Bob McAdoo, James Worthy, Vlade Divac, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Dennis Rodman, Mitch Richmond, Gary Payton, Karl Malone and Steve Nash. Only the Boston Celtics have more NBA Hall of Famers than the Lakers.

All-Time Points Leaders

The all-time leader in total points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, played for the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James, who will eventually dethrone Kareem, currently plays for the Lakers. The third-highest scorer in NBA history, Karl Malone, played his final season in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant, fourth all-time in that department, wore purple and gold his entire career.

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In other words, the four players with the most points in NBA history played for the Los Angeles Lakers, and if we add Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal and Carmelo Anthony, then that's seven of the top 11.

Longest Winning Streak in NBA History

In the 1971-72 season, the Los Angeles Lakers won 33 consecutive games, yes, you read that right. That remains the longest winning streak in NBA history. During that hot streak, the Lakers averaged 119.4 points per game.

That team consisted of amazing players such as Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Wilt Chamberlain, Jim McMillian, and Happy Hairston. Nevertheless, the streak had to end at some point, and it did on January 9, 1972, when they lost 120-104 to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Second Most Wins In NBA History

At the time of writing this piece, the Los Angeles Lakers had 3,465 regular season game wins, which is the second most of all time. They are behind only the Boston Celtics, of course, who have 3,527 wins.

The season in which they had the most wins was precisely 1971-72, with a 69-13 record. The team the Lakers have beaten the most times is the Sacramento Kings, with 280 wins, and 162 losses.

Worst Season

On the other hand, Los Angeles Lakers have also had some bad seasons, not so many, but they do exist. The worst season in their history was 2015-16, when they had a terrible record of 17-65, hitting rock bottom and causing great hurt to the fans, who are used to being competitive.

This team was led by Byron Scott and the players were 37-year-old Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, D'Angelo Russell, Metta World Peace, among others.

8 MVP Awards

The first MVP in franchise history was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in the 1975-76 campaign. Kareem himself won two more awards. Magic Johnson was also named MVP three times. Then Shaquille O'Neal had one of the best seasons in NBA history in 1999-2000 and was recognized as the most valuable player.

The last Lakers MVP to date was Kobe Bryant, in the 2007-08 campaign. Only the Boston Celtics have more MVP award winners, with 10.

Most Efficient Player

The Los Angeles Lakers have had many phenomenal players, such as Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and others. All were efficient, but none like Shaquille O'Neal.

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This center recorded a 28.9 Player Efficiency Rating in eight seasons with the team, the highest in franchise history. Shaq performed in all aspects of the game, averaging 27 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.5 blocks per game.

Worst Draft Picks

After talking about the best of the best, we must also talk about the worst. The Los Angeles Lakers usually have good draft picks, but they have also had terrible ones, especially in recent years.

The Lakers had the second overall pick in 2015, 2016, and 2017, selecting D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball respectively. Unfortunately, all three were major disappointments. Kermit Washington and Kenny Carr were also pitiful draft picks.

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