LA Lakers: 20 Scariest Scorers in Franchise History

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IIOctober 10, 2011

LA Lakers: 20 Scariest Scorers in Franchise History

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    This article will look at the 20 scariest scorers in franchise history. While you are definitely going to see some of the team’s all-time leading scorers and legends on this list, there are players on here who are not even close to being on the franchise’s all-time scoring list, and some who may not have even had successful tenures in their time with the team.

    Also, players who were/are better pure scorers are going to be ranked higher than all-around better player for the sake of this slideshow.

    But nonetheless, every player on this list was/is considered a “scary scorer.” So, if you are a Lakers fan, enjoy this slideshow. If you are not, try and not get too scared remembering some of the big scoring nights these players had against your favorite team.

20. Bob McAdoo

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    By the time Bob McAdoo joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1981, his best playing days were far behind him. But that’s not to say he didn’t contribute in his time with the Lakers.

    In the 1982 playoffs, in which the Lakers defeated the 76ers for the NBA championship, McAdoo averaged 16 points a game.

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19. Caron Butler

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    While Caron Butler’s stint with the Los Angeles Lakers only lasted one season, he proved to be a legitimate concern for opposing defenses. In three of the team’s last seven games that season, Butler scored over 30 points.

18. Vern Mikkelsen

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    Vern Mikkelsen was George Mikan’s frontcourt sidekick during in the 1950s, helping lead the Lakers to four championships.

    The Hall of Famer averaged 14 points a game during his 10 years with the Lakers, including four appearances on the All-NBA Second Team. While teams obviously mostly zeroed in on Mikan in those days, Mikkelsen was certainly capable of keeping opposing coaches from losing sleep at night.

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17. Norm Nixon

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    Norm Nixon played six seasons for the Los Angeles Lakers, never averaging less than 13 points and six assists in a given season.

    In addition, Nixon was the team’s leading scorer during the 1982 postseason, averaging 20 points a game.

16. Eddie Jones

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    In his four full seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Eddie Jones averaged 15 points a contest.

    In the opening month of the 1997-98 season, Jones had three games of at least 30 points or more. While Jones was never considered the best player on his team, he absolutely had the ability to drop 40 on a given night.

15. Pau Gasol

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    Pau Gasol has proven to be a great complement to Kobe Bryant since joining the Lakers in 2008. Gasol helped lead the Lakers to back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.

    By averaging 18 points a contest since joining the team, Gasol has forced defenses to pay attention to him, allowing Kobe Bryant to work more comfortably from the perimeter.

14. Cedric Ceballos

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    Cedric Ceballos was the Los Angeles Lakers’ leading scorer for two seasons (1995-1996), averaging 21 points a game, including a 50-point outburst against the Minnesota Timberwolves in December of 1994.

13. Jamaal Wilkes

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    In his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, Jamaal Wilkes made two All-Star teams and helped the Lakers win two championships in 1980 and 1982.

    On both of those championship teams, Wilkes was the team’s leading scorer behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, averaging 20 and 21 points respectively.

12. Glen Rice

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    Glen Rice spent a season and a half with the Los Angeles Lakers, helping lead the team to the 2000 championship.

    While Rice averaged 16 points a game in his time with the team, his three-point shooting definitely made Rice a scary scorer while playing in Los Angeles.

11. Byron Scott

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    Byron Scott played 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, spending time as both a teammate of Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant.

    The current Cleveland Cavaliers coach led the team in scoring during the 1987-88 season, scoring 35 or more points in four games that season.

10. Gail Goodrich

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    Gail Goodrich was part of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 1972 championship team, averaging 23 points in the playoffs that year. Goodrich also made the All-NBA First Team in 1974 as a member of the Lakers.

9. George Mikan

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    George Mikan, who is recognized as the game’s first dominating big man, led the Minneapolis Lakers to five championships.

    In his first three years with the Lakers, Mikan led the league in scoring, with a 28-point average over the course of the three seasons.

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8. James Worthy

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    “Big Game” James Worthy is best known for being the third banana to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson during the team’s dominating run in the 1980s. But despite being overshadowed by Jabbar and Johnson from time to time, Worthy is one of the greatest Lakers of them all.

    Worthy outshined both Jabbar and Magic during the 1988 postseason, leading the team in scoring with a 21 point scoring average, en route to being named Finals MVP.

7. Magic Johnson

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    While Magic Johnson is known more for his all-around game than his scoring ability, don’t think the “Magic Man” couldn’t fill the hoop up.

    As a rookie, in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals, Johnson scored 42 points against the Philadelphia 76ers, delivering the Lakers’ first championship since 1972.

6. Wilt Chamberlain

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    “The Big Dipper” spent the last five seasons of his career in Los Angeles with the Lakers. Although Chamberlain was past the prime of his career, he was more than able to put up video game numbers like he did earlier in his career.

5. Shaquille O'Neal

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    In his eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal averaged 27 points a contest, earning numerous accolades in the process. But don’t think the Big Aristotle couldn’t put up monster numbers.

    As was the case in a game during the 1999-2000 season, when Shaq posted 61 points against the Los Angeles Clippers.


4. Jerry West

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    The franchise playing its first season in Los Angeles coincided with Jerry West’s rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    During his illustrious 14-year career with the Lakers, West averaged 27 points, six assists and five rebounds.

3. Elgin Baylor

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    Quite possibly the most underrated Los Angeles Laker of all-time. Baylor averaged 27 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in his 14 years with the Lakers.

    One of the most tragic things in Lakers history is the fact Baylor was forced to retire nine games into the 71-72 season, right before the team went on a 33-game winning streak and claimed the franchise’s first championship since moving to Los Angeles.

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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    No player in the history of the NBA has scored more points than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did during his 20-year NBA career.

    In his 14 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Jabbar averaged 22 points, including winning four regular season MVPs and one Finals MVP.

1. Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe Bryant is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, in addition to arguably being the greatest Laker of all-time.

    Kobe’s ability to put up gaudy scoring numbers was never more apparent during the 2005-06 season. In a game against the Dallas Mavericks in December of 2005, Kobe scored 62 points in just three quarters. A month later against the Toronto Raptors, Kobe had his famous 81-point performance.

    In his 15 years with the franchise, Kobe has averaged 25 points a contest in addition to being in sixth place on the league's all-time scoring list.