The latest edition of the NBA's All-Star game has come and gone, and the league is once again in full swing. With so many of the league's stars playing in the Staples Center lights last week—and under sixteen NBA championship banners and seven retired jerseys—we begin to wonder who will be the next Lakers' great to have his jersey retired at Staples Center.
The Lakers, unlike other NBA teams, do not hang division or conference championship banners. Only NBA Championship banners go up above the Lakers' home floor. The Staples Center rafters would look like a backyard full of recently washed clothes if they did.
The Lakers are even more strict about the numbers they choose to retire. To this date, only seven jerseys have ever been retired by the Lakers, including Jerry West's No. 44, Wilt Chamberlain's No. 13, Elgin Baylor's No. 22, Gail Goodrich's No. 25, Magic Johnson's No. 32, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's No. 33 and James Worthy's No. 42.
With both Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol on the floor during the All-Star game, and Shaquille O'Neal somewhere in the stands watching, we beg the question: Who will be the next—and most deserving—member of the Lakers' family to have his jersey retired?
Here are our top seven picks for who is next in line for the honor.