While the efforts of the average NBA role player are overshadowed by the game’s superstars, one is hard-pressed to find a team that can succeed without them during the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Lakers are no different.
For every Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, there was a James Worthy and Byron Scott.
For every Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain, there was a Robert Horry and Happy Hairston.
Since moving to Los Angeles, the Lakers have won 11 NBA championships. Which means there were many different role players who contributed to each of those 11 title-winning teams.
But who was the best role player on each of the Lakers' championship winning teams?
Let’s take a look.
With all due respect to the championships the franchise won in Minneapolis, this article will only focus on the championships won in Los Angeles.