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Ranking Kobe Bryant and the Top 7 LA Lakers Shooting Guards of All Time

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Ranking Kobe Bryant and the Top 7 LA Lakers Shooting Guards of All Time
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A franchise with as many distinguished players as the L.A. Lakers makes it difficult to rank some of the team's all-time greats.

That's especially true of the shooting-guard position, which features names like Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Byron Scott and Eddie Jones, just to name a few.

Before we get to the rankings, let's go over a bit of the criteria for compiling this list. First, only time spent with the Lakers was considered, so if a player had great years with other teams, it wasn't part of the equation.

Second, awards and recognitions like MVPs and All-NBA teams were taken into account.

Third, the number of NBA championships won was included.

Fourth, offensive and defensive prowess were a factor.

When all else failed and those four categories failed to provide a clear answer, win shares were taken into account. They hold water, regardless of the stylistic changes the NBA was going through in any particular era.

So now that you know how the rankings were compiled, let's get to it.

Here are the top seven Lakers shooting guards of all time.

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