NBA Draft Lottery: Andrew Bynum and the LA Lakers' Best 10 Lottery Picks
With the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated from postseason contention, it's time to look forward to the draft.
Because the Lakers have been a highly competitive team year in and year out, they haven't had a lottery pick in ages.
That being said, whenever they have had lottery picks, they've really struck gold.
Here are the 10 best lottery picks in Lakers history.
It's important to note that the NBA draft lottery was not instituted until 1985, so draft picks prior to that year are just top-five selections that the Lakers made.
10. Kermit Washington
Kermit Washington is known more for the infamous punch on Rudy Tomjanovich that nearly ended his life than his NBA career.
The punch came in a chippy game where Tomjanovich was trying to break up an altercation.
Washington didn't know that Rudy was being a peacemaker, so he decked him and wounded him severely.
Washington would forever be bashed by fans and media for his action on the court.
Despite his actions that night, Washington actually had a decent career. He was drafted fifth overall back in 1973 and was known for being a rebounding machine. Washington averaged 9.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during his 10-year NBA career.
9. Tom Hawkins
Tom Hawkins was taken third overall back in 1959 out of Notre Dame.
Hawkins was a forward who played in the NBA for a decade.
He had two separate stints with the Lakers. The first one was from 1959-1962 and the second one was from 1966-1969.
Hawkins went on to average 8.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for his career. He was a solid player throughout his career.
8. David Meyers
David Meyers didn't play a single game with the Los Angeles Lakers.
However, he was drafted by them second overall from UCLA back in 1975 and was subsequently traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
And we all know what happened after Kareem joined the Lakers.
Meyers went on to have four productive years with the Bucks, scoring 11.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
7. Jim Krebs
Jim Krebs was taken No. 3 overall back in 1957 by the Minneapolis Lakers.
Krebs played off the bench for most of his career, but he had a highly productive career, averaging eight points and 6.2 rebounds.
He played in three NBA Finals, but his Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics every time.
Krebs unfortunately fell from a tree and died at the young age of 29.
6. Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones had a successful 14-year NBA career.
He was surprisingly drafted 10th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1994 NBA draft.
This was one of the rare occasions when the Lakers actually had a lottery pick.
Jones would average 15 points and four rebounds per game throughout his NBA career, but he had most of his success in a Lakers uniform. Prior to Kobe's arrival, Jones and Nick Van Exel were the leaders of the Lakers squad.
When Kobe came, Jones became a mentor for Kobe.
Although he didn't win any rings, Jones became a fan favorite and was missed dearly after his trade to the Charlotte Hornets.
5. Andrew Bynum
With the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers selected a high school student from New Jersey.
At the age of 17, Andrew Bynum became one of the youngest players to ever play in the NBA.
Bynum has since developed into one of the best centers in the league and has led the Lakers to two NBA titles.
Despite his occasional immature antics and injury-proneness, Bynum is extremely dominant down low on both sides of the ball, and when he's on his game he becomes the most important player on the floor.
4. Elgin Baylor
Elgin Baylor was the No. 1 overall pick back in 1958, and he spent every year of his 13-year NBA career with the Lakers.
Baylor was great at all facets of the game, from scoring to passing to defense.
He averaged 27 points and 13 rebounds throughout his basketball career.
One has to feel bad for Baylor, though. He led the Lakers to eight NBA Finals appearances but they never won a title.
Nine games into the 1971-72 season, Baylor called it quits because of injury problems.
Immediately after his retirement, the Lakers went on to win 33 consecutive games and an NBA title.
That being said, Baylor's No. 22 is hanging from the rafters at the Staples Center. He really was a dynamic player.
3. James Worthy
Big Game James Worthy was selected No. 1 overall back in 1982.
As great as Worthy was during the regular season, he was even better in the playoffs.
He will be most remembered for his legendary triple-double performance in Game 7 of the 1988 NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons.
He scored 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, leading the Lakers to their second consecutive title, and was named NBA Finals MVP.
Worthy won three rings with the Lakers and was selected seven times as an All-Star.
Worthy's No. 42 is retired and hung from the rafters at the Staples Center.
2. Jerry West
Jerry West was so good that he was named NBA Finals MVP once despite being on the losing team back in 1969.
West was drafted second overall by the Lakers back in 1960.
He averaged 27 points per game throughout his career, and his late-game heroics earned him the nickname, "Mr. Clutch."
Possibly one of the greatest plays in NBA history was when West launched and scored a 60-foot buzzer-beater to tie Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks.
West led the Lakers to nine NBA Finals but only won once, in 1972.
Despite the lack of NBA Finals success, West was one of the greatest players of all-time, and his No. 44 hangs from the rafters.
1. Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson invented Showtime.
The 6'9" point guard was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers back in 1979 with the No. 1 overall pick.
Johnson revolutionized Lakers basketball for the next decade until he was diagnosed with HIV.
Johnson averaged 19.5 points, 11.2 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game throughout his career. He won five NBA titles with the Lakers, and one has to wonder how many more he would have won had he stayed healthy during the end of his career.
Johnson was a 12-time All-Star and a three-time NBA Finals MVP. His greatest performance possibly came in Game 6 of the 1982 NBA Finals, when he scored a triple-double against the Philadelphia 76ers to secure the title.
Johnson made a comeback in 1996, averaging close to 15 points and seven assists after almost a five-year hiatus from the game and at an older age.
That itself shows how dominant Magic was as a player. There's a reason why he's considered by many to be the greatest Laker of all-time.