March Madness Bracket Tournament for Top 16 Players in L.A. Lakers' History

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March Madness Bracket Tournament for Top 16 Players in L.A. Lakers' History
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Very few teams in NBA history have superstars like what the Los Angeles Lakers have accumulated over the years.

Most of this is the product of the greatness that has been established by the Buss family, and there is no other team with as much historical depth and greatness other than perhaps the Boston Celtics

With this being said, their legendary roster boasts a cornucopia of champions, MVPs and Hall-of-Fame caliber players.

However, with such a multitude of great players in their history, which one is the greatest of them all?

On the following list (in no particular order) are the players that have most often been heralded as the greatest Lakers of all time:

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Shaquille O'Neal
  3. Wilt Chamberlain
  4. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  5. Magic Johnson
  6. Jerry West
  7. Elgin Baylor
  8. James Worthy
  9. Jamaal Wilkes
  10. Gail Goodrich
  11. Derek Fisher
  12. George Mikan
  13. Michael Cooper
  14. Byron Scott
  15. Vern Mikkelsen 
  16. A.C. Green

These 16 players will be pitted against each other in a March Madness-style bracket to determine which is the greatest to have ever worn the purple and gold:

 

Sweet Sixteen

  • Kobe Bryant v.s. A.C. Green
  • Shaquille O'Neal v.s. Vern Mikkelsen
  • Wilt Chamberlain v.s. Byron Scott
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar v.s. Michael Cooper
  • Magic Johnson v.s. George Mikan
  • Jerry West v.s. Derek Fisher
  • Elgin Baylor v.s. Gail Goodrich
  • James Worthy v.s. Jamaal Wilkes 

They will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Statistics
  • Individual Accolades
  • Championships (quantity and contributions to the titles)

 

*Statistics are accurate as of March 15th.

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