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Los Angeles Lakers: Building the Best All-Time Starting Lineup
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The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most successful franchises in all of professional sports. Over the course of their storied history, they've been to the Finals 31 times and have walked away as the champion 16 times.

A franchise doesn't have that much success without a slew of amazing players spread out over decades. 

So, when building an all-time starting five from a group of players that includes some of the best the league has ever seen, the process can be a bit tricky.

Do you include the best players regardless of position? Do you skew more heavily towards the number of championships they won or should their stats speak for themselves? Does longevity matter most or should the quality of their play at their peaks be the deciding factor?

With so many variables to consider, I tried to take everything into account before crafting a group of players that are the best.

What follows is a list of the best five players to ever play for the Lakers, but in the form of a starting lineup. The positions they played within the construct of their respective teams matter, but so does their versatility to perform multiple tasks on the court to help their team win.

Every single player that makes up this starting five could play both ends of the floor, make their teammates better, and impact a game like few have done before or since.

These players not only represent the best the Lakers have to offer, but some of the best players to ever play in the NBA.

Let's get to it...

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