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Los Angeles Lakers: Power Ranking Each of Their NBA Championship Teams

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIJune 7, 2016

Los Angeles Lakers: Power Ranking Each of Their NBA Championship Teams

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    Since moving to Los Angeles from Minneapolis in 1960, the Los Angeles Lakers have won 11 NBA championships.

    Boasting some of the best players in NBA history, the Lakers are not only one of the most successful NBA franchises of all-time, but they are considered to be one of the most successful franchises in all of sports.

    With that being said, which of the 11 championship teams is the best of all-time? Let’s go to the power rankings.

11. 2009: Kobe Silences His Critics

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    After an embarrassing ending to the 2008 Finals against the Boston Celtics, the Lakers bounced back and won the 2009 championship.

    After years of criticism and doubt, Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to a championship as the team’s alpha dog.

     

    Regular season record: 65-17

    Coach: Phil Jackson

    Playoff breakdown:

    First-Round: Utah 4-1

    Conference Semi-Finals: Houston 4-3

    Conference Finals: Denver 4-2

    NBA Finals: Orlando: 4-1

    Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant

10. 2010: Sweet Repeat

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    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and the rest of the Lakers did it again in 2010.

    The Lakers’ 2010 championship run was capped off by defeating the Boston Celtics in an epic, seven game NBA Finals.

    The championship gave Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant their 11th and 5th championships respectively.

     

    Regular season record: 57-25 

    Coach: Phil Jackson

    Playoff breakdown:

    First-Round: Oklahoma City 4-2

    Conference Semi-Finals: Utah 4-0

    Conference Finals: Phoenix 4-2

    NBA Finals: Boston 4-3

    Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant

9. 2002: Three Times as Dominant

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    The Lakers became only the fifth team in league history to win three straight championships.

    The 2002 Lakers’ playoff run will best be remembered by their seven game series with the Sacramento Kings in the Western Conference Finals.

    Shaquille O’Neal would join Michael Jordan as the only player to win the Finals MVP award in three straight seasons.

     

    Regular season record: 58-24

    Coach: Phil Jackson

    Playoff breakdown:

    First-Round: Portland 3-0

    Conference Semi-Finals: San Antonio 4-1

    Conference Finals: Sacramento 4-3

    NBA Finals: New Jersey 4-0

    Finals MVP: Shaquille O’Neal

8. 1982: Lakers Beat Philly Again

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    The Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers for the second time in three years to capture the 1982 NBA championship.

    However, It is hard to rank the 1982 championship team too high.

    By the time they played the 76ers in the finals, Philadelphia was exhausted after battling with the Celtics in a grueling seven game Eastern Conference Finals.

     

    Regular season record: 57-25

    Coach: Pat Riley

    Playoff breakdown:

    Conference Semi-Finals: Phoenix 4-0

    Conference Finals: San Antonio 4-0

    NBA Finals: Philadelphia 4-2

    Finals MVP: Magic Johnson

7. 1980: A "Magical" Rookie

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    After Kareem Abdul-Jabbar went down with an ankle sprain in game 5 of the Finals, the Lakers headed back to Philadelphia clinging to a 3-2 series lead.

    In game 6, Magic Johnson stepped up in Jabbar’s absence and led the Lakers to the championship. He finished with 42 points,15 rebounds and seven assists.

    Did I forget to mention he was a rookie?

     

    Regular season record: 60-22

    Coach: Paul Westhead

    Playoff breakdown:

    Conference Semi-Finals: Phoenix 4-1

    Conference Finals: Seattle 4-1

    NBA Finals: Philadelphia 4-2

    Finals MVP: Magic Johnson

6. 2000: Shaq and Kobe Conquer Their Demons

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    In Phil Jackson’s first year as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the team captured its first championship since the 1988 season.

    Shaquille O’Neal had the most dominating season of his career, averaging 30 points, 13 rebounds and nearly four assists per game.

    Shaq would finish the season with the regular season MVP, All-Star Game MVP and Finals MVP.

     

    Regular season record: 67-15

    Coach: Phil Jackson

    Playoff breakdown:

    First Round:  Sacramento 3-2

    Conference Semi-Finals: Phoenix 4-1

    Conference Finals: Portland 4-3

    NBA Finals: Indiana 4-2

    Finals MVP: Shaquille O’Neal

5. 1988: Number Five for the Decade

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    The Lakers won their second straight championship by beating the Detroit Pistons in seven games.

    The 1988 title was the fifth championship the organization won in the 1980s.

    The team would go through a twelve year dry spell before hitting pay dirt in 2000 with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.

     

    Regular season record: 62-20

    Coach: Pat Riley

    Playoff breakdown:

    First-Round: San Antonio 3-0

    Conference Semi-Finals: Utah 4-3

    Conference Finals: Dallas 4-3

    NBA Finals: Detroit 4-3

    Finals MVP: James Worthy

4. 1972: The Lakers Bring Home Los Angeles' First NBA Championship

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    After the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1960, the Lakers lost in the NBA Finals seven times.

    However, in 1972 led by Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain, the Lakers broke through and beat the New York Knicks to win their first championship since moving to Los Angeles.

     

    Regular season record: 69-13

    Coach: Bill Sharman

    Playoff breakdown:

    Conference Semi-Finals: Chicago 4-0

    Conference Finals: Milwaukee 4-2

    NBA Finals: New York 4-1

    Finals MVP: Wilt Chamberlain

3. 1985: West Coast Beats East Coast

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    After losing to Larry Bird and the Celtics in the ’84 Finals, the Lakers bounced back and beat their East Coast counterparts in 1985.

    The Lakers’ victory over the Celtics in the 1985 Finals took the historic rivalry to new heights.

     

    Regular season record: 62-20

    Coach: Pat Riley

    Playoff breakdown:

    First-Round: Phoenix 3-0

    Conference Semi-Finals: Portland 4-1

    Conference Finals: Denver 4-1

    NBA Finals: Boston 4-2 

    Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2. 2001: Simply Dominating

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    To say the Lakers dominated the 2001 playoffs would be an understatement. The team went 15-1 in the postseason to capture their second straight championship.

    The Lakers 15-1 record in the 2001 postseason is the best playoff winning percentage in league history.

    I think it is safe to say the record will never be broken.

     

    Regular season record:  56-26

    Coach: Phil Jackson

    Playoff breakdown:

    First-Round: Portland 3-0

    Conference Semi-Finals: Sacramento 4-0

    Conference Finals: San Antonio 4-0

    NBA Finals: Philadelphia 4-1

    Finals MVP: Shaquille O’Neal

1. 1987: Showtime at Its Peak

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    The Lakers seized control of the momentum in their rivalry with Boston Celtics by beating them again in the 1987 Finals.

    Magic Johnson’s baby hook to beat Boston in game 4 is one of the most memorable moments in NBA history.

    The 1987 team was the "Showtime" Lakers at their absolute best.

     

    Regular season record: 65-17

    Coach: Pat Riley

    Playoff breakdown:

    First-Round: Denver 3-0

    Conference Semi-Finals: Golden State 4-1

    Conference Finals Seattle 4-0

    NBA Finals: Boston 4-2

    Finals MVP: Magic Johnson

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