Jerry West will perhaps best be known as The Logo. The fact that his silhouette forms the NBA logo speaks volumes about his place not only in Lakers history, but NBA history.
West was the ultimate combo guard, capable of pouring in buckets and setting up his teammates when called upon. He had a devastating pull-up jumper and a lightning-quick release.
He is widely considered to have been one of the greatest defensive guards to ever play the game. If steals and blocks were counted through 13 of the 14 seasons he played, he would likely have his name stamped in the history books for at least one of those categories.
The fact that he managed to average 2.6 steals in his final year—the first year the NBA counted it as a statistic—shows his strong defensive prowess.
West may have never won an NBA MVP award, but his list of accolades are more than good enough to put him in the history books as one of the greatest to ever play the game. He has a combined 12 All-NBA Team selections, five NBA All-Defensive Team selections and 14 All-Star appearances.
Nicknamed "Mr. Clutch," West was known for making big buckets when they counted the most.
The 1969 NBA Finals were a testament to his greatness. In a losing effort, West managed to garner the NBA Finals MVP award after averaging nearly 38 points per game. He is the only losing player to have been bestowed that honor.
However, West got his redemption by winning a ring in the 1972 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks.
West continued his legacy and importance to the Lakers franchise as general manager by taking a shot on a skinny high school player by the name of Kobe Bryant—a move that turned out quite well for the franchise.
Not to mention, he lured Shaquille O'Neal away from the Orlando Magic to form one of the most dominant dynasties in NBA history.