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|Colours:||Purple, Gold and Black|
|Hall of Famers:||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Zelmo Beaty, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Adrian Dantley, Vlade Divac, Gail Goodrich, Connie Hawkins, Spencer Haywood, Magic Johnson, Clyde Lovellette, Karl Malone, Slater Martin, Bob McAdoo, George Mikan, Vern Mikkelson, Steve Nash, Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton, Jim Pollard, Mitch Richmond, Dennis Rodman, Charlie Scott, Jerry West, Jamaal Wilkes & James Worthy|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||John Kundla, Phil Jackson, Bill Sherman & Pat Riley|
|Rivals:||Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers & San Antonio Spurs|
|Legends:||Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Bob McAdoo, Gail Goodrich, Connie Hawkins, Pau Gasol, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Derek Fisher, Jerry West, Clyde Lovellette, George Mikan & Slater Martin|
|Retired Numbers:||8, 13, 22, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 42, 44 & 52|
|NBA Championships||16: 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010 & 2020|
The Los Angeles Lakers originated in Minneapolis in 1947 after two gentlemen bought the disbanded Detroit Gems and moved the franchise to Minneapolis and called the team the Lakers, named after Minnesota’s state nickname, the land of 10,000 lakes.
Led by center George Mikan, the team had immediate success in their first and only season in the National Basketball League, winning the championship before moving to the Basketball Association of America in 1948, which is now known as the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The Lakers NBA history is incredible, and it started immediately with the team winning the Championship in five of their first six seasons in the league. Mikan would continuously lead the league in scoring and was named 1953 All Star MVP, the year the Lakers won their fourth title.
Mikan retired after their fifth title in 1954, bringing a short end to their early golden years. They managed to make the playoffs the following three years but were unable to make the Finals during this time, before missing the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s 10 year history, in 1958.
This lull in performance saw the Lakers win the first pick in the 1958 draft, selecting Elgin Baylor, who went on to win Rookie of the Year and All Star MVP in his first season, while leading the Lakers back to the Finals, where they fell to the Boston Celtics. The team wasn’t able to live up to their performance in 1959 and was awarded the second pick in the 1960 draft, with which they selected Jerry West.
The 1960 off season saw the Lakers become the first NBA team on the West Coast, moving to Los Angeles. Baylor would average almost 35 points and 20 rebounds a game in the team’s first season in LA, helping the team improve by 11 more wins than the previous year, but they were unable to make the Finals yet again.
Baylor would continue to dominate, breaking his own record for points in a game with 71, and then in the 1962 Finals, breaking the record for most points in a Finals game with 61, with that record still standing today.
From the 1961-62 season to the 1969-70 season, the Lakers would finish on top of the Western Division standings five times and make the Finals seven times, but were unable to taste the ultimate glory, losing to the Celtics six times and the New York Knicks once.
The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain in 1968, hoping he would help get the team on top of the league and despite his stellar play along side Baylor and West, which included West scoring 51 points in a game of the 1969 Finals and winning Finals MVP despite his team losing, being the first and only player to do so, the Lakers were unable to win the final game of the season.
Baylor retired before the 1971-71 season, in what would turn out to be one of the Lakers’ best. They would win an NBA season best 33 consecutive games on their way to a 69-13 record. West would be named All Star MVP and would lead the league in assists, while Bill Sharman would win Coach of the Year after the team failed to score 100 points only once during the entire season.
The Lakers dominated the playoffs, winning 4-0 and 4-2 on their way to a rematch with the Knicks in the Finals. Chamberlain would prove too much for the Knicks to handle, winning Finals MVP while leading the Lakers to a 4-1 victory, winning their first title in 18 seasons.
The Lakers would dominate the following series, looking to go back-to-back, facing the Knicks in the Finals for the third time in four seasons. The Knicks would get the upper hand this time, winning 4-1 and marking the end of Chamberlain’s career, with the LA legend retiring after the season.
Due to injured legs, West could only manage 31 games in the Lakers’ first season without Wilt and would retire at season’s end, allowing Gail Goodrich to take the lead role on the team. LA could only manage a first round exit in 1974 before not making the playoffs at all the following season.
In 1975, the Lakers acquired 3-time MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from the Milwaukee Bucks. Despite Kareem winning MVP in his first season with the team, they failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
The Lakers almost created one of the best duos in NBA history during the 1976-77 season, but the front office wasn’t prepared to pay the fees for Nets forward Julius Erving. Despite not getting Erving, the Lakers were led back to the playoffs behind another MVP season from Kareem, but were swept by the Portland Trail Blazers in the West Finals.
LA was unable to make the Western Conference Finals the following two seasons being plagued with injuries and on-court discipline issues, but this led to them drafted Magic Johnson in 1979. It took time for the LA players to adjust to Johnson’s flashy playing style, but when they did, it was a thing of beauty.
Magic and Kareem, who would win his third MVP while with the Lakers and sixth overall, led the Lakers to the top of the West standings with a 60 win season, defeating the Phoenix Suns and the Seattle Supersonics on the way to the 1980 NBA Finals. Despite Kareem being injured, Magic would step up and lead the Lakers to a 4-2 victory, including a 42 point, 15 rebound and 7 assist performance in the final game.
A Magic Johnson injury meant the team was unable to perform to the same standard, but returned to glory in the 1981-82 season. The Lakers almost lost Johnson at the start of the season when he demanded a trade due to disagreements with coach Paul Westhead, but the Lakers fired Westhead, doing everything they could to keep the transcendent passing genius.
Pat Riley took over as coach and with Magic’s incredible passing and the team’s fast paced tempo, LA turned into the ‘Showtime Lakers’. Magic would lead the Lakers to win their first 9 games of the playoffs, only losing to the 76ers twice, winning 4-2. Magic would win his second Finals MVP and the Lakers winning their second title in the last three seasons.
Due to a midseason trade, the Lakers had the first pick in the 1982 draft and selected forward James Worthy. The Lakers would claim another division title and make the Finals to face the 76ers again, but missing Worthy with injury was costly and the Lakers would be swept by Philadelphia.
The 1983-84 season saw LA with a full strength team and Magic, Worthy and Kareem led the Lakers to their third straight season finishing on top of the West and advancing to the Finals. They would face the Celtics for the first time since 1969 and took a commanding 2-1 lead, before the series turned in game 4.
Celtics’ forward Kevin McHale clotheslined Lakers forward Kurt Rambis and ignited a flame in Boston that saw the Lakers drop three of the next four and lose the series. This put the Lakers to 0-8 in the Finals when playing the Celtics.
The Lakers were desperate for another Finals victory, winning 62 games during the regular season and 3-0, 4-1 and 4-1 in the playoffs, booking another trip to the Finals. They were to face the Celtics and lost game 1 in humiliating fashion, 148-114.
Kareem would show his dominance, winning Finals MVP due to willing the Lakers to win four of the next five games and winning the series. This would be the first time the Lakers defeated the Celtics in the Finals and would be their ninth NBA title.
LA was dominant again in the 1985-86 season but were defeated by the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. Riley knew that for the team to be successful, Magic would have to have dominance of the offence, with the 40-year-old Kareem beginning to show his age.
Magic would go on to win his first MVP while leading the Lakers to 65 wins and another trip to the NBA Finals after making easy work of their three Western Conference opponents in the earlier rounds of the playoffs. Magic continued his dominance, taking home his third Finals MVP while leading the Lakers to a 4-2 victory.
The Lakers would win back to back Championships, with Worthy winning Finals MVP behind a game 7 triple double, helping LA to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Magic Johnson won his second MVP in the 1988-89 season but the team were unable to overcome the Pistons in a second straight Finals, being swept after injuries to key players. That would be Kareem’s last season, with the dominant big man retiring.
The first season without Kareem saw Magic continue his dominance, winning MVP and All Star MVP, but the team fell to the Phoenix Suns in the second round, causing Riley, who won Coach of the Year that season, to step down as coach. Magic would lead the Lakers to the Finals yet again in 1991, but ran into the emerging Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, losing 4-1.
In November, 1991, Magic Johnson announced that he tested positive for HIV, retiring from the league immediately. Despite his retirement, Magic was voted by the fans to start in the 1992 All Star Game. Magic came out of retirement to win All Star MVP. The Lakers would miss Magic, unable to make the West Finals the following five seasons, even though he would come out of retirement for the end of the 1995-96 season!
The 1996 off season saw Magic retire for the second time, with the Lakers acquiring Kobe Bryant, who had been selected with the 13th pick by Charlotte, drafting Derek Fisher at pick 24 and signing dominant big man Shaquille O’Neal as a free agent. The Lakers traded for Robert Horry during the 1996-97 season, which saw Shaq lead the team to 56-26, but were undone by the Utah Jazz in the second round.
The next two seasons saw the Lakers undone by the Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs during the playoffs, before everything clicked in the 1999-00 season. Phil Jackson was hired as coach and O’Neal had one of the most dominant individual seasons in league history, winning MVP, All Star MVP and Finals MVP in the same season. The Lakers went on to win the 2000 NBA Championship and started a dominant era led by O’Neal and Bryant.
The Lakers would again make the Finals in 2001 after sweeping all three opponents in the playoffs before facing Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite Iverson willing the 76ers to a game one victory, the Lakers won the next four with O’Neal winning Finals MVP again.
The 2001-02 season saw LA dominate again, with Bryant winning All Star MVP and the team making it to the Western Conference Finals, facing the Sacramento Kings. This would go down as one of the best playoff series of all time, highlighted by a game winning three pointer in game 4 by Robert Horry, known as Big Shot Bob.
The series would go to seven games and the Lakers would narrowly escape, winning the series 4-3. LA went on to sweep Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets to win their third straight title, with O’Neal again winning Finals MVP.
This would be the end of this team’s championship glory, with the Lakers being eliminated in the second round the next year, before losing to the Pistons in the 2004 Finals. After the Finals defeat, O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for three players and a first round pick, including Lamar Odom.
The 2005-06 season was a mixed bag for the Lakers. They drafted center Andrew Bynum and Bryant scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors, with the team being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Suns.
After another first round exit the following season Bryant requested a trade from the Lakers, frustrated with the team’s inability to perform in the playoffs, but he was convinced to stay. They re-signed Fisher, who had left to the Warriors for three seasons, and after Bynum went down with a serious knee injury, traded for Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. The Lakers went 22-5 after the trade, Bryant won his first MVP and finished on top of the West standings, making their way to the Finals yet again. They faced their long time rival Boston Celtics, losing 4-2.
The Lakers finished the 2008-09 season with the best record in the West again, with Bryant winning All Star MVP and leading LA back to the Finals, this time facing the Orlando Magic. The Lakers made easy work of the Magic, winning 4-1, with Bryant winning his fourth title and his first Finals MVP.
The Lakers had a strong core of Bryant, Gasol, Bynum, Fisher and Odom as well as wings Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza, which led the team to the top of the West for the third consecutive season, making their way to the Finals to face the Celtics for the 12th time in history. The Lakers would be able to avenge their defeat from 2008, coming back from a 3-2 deficit to win the last two games. With the series tied 3-3, the Lakers found themselves down by 13 points in the fourth quarter of game seven, and despite Bryant shooting 6-24 for the game, the Lakers rallied to win their 16th NBA Championship, with Bryant winning his fifth and his second Finals MVP.
The 2010-11 season saw Bryant win another All Star MVP and Odom win Sixth Man of the Year but the Lakers were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the eventual Champions, the Dallas Mavericks.
Odom and Fisher were both traded, with the Lakers eliminated in the second round for a second straight season, in 2012, before adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard via trade. Despite the star power joining Bryant and Gasol, the team managed their first regular season record in 7 seasons, and the team was swept by the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. A main reason for this loss was Bryant tearing his achilles last in the season.
Bryant would only manage a handful of games during the 2013-14 season, and the Lakers would miss the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Injuries during this time would be the beginning of the decline in play for both Bryant and the Lakers, with the team unable to make the playoffs again until 2020.
During this time the team drafted young stars with potential such as Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russel, but they were never able to reach the heights needed to help Bryant get back to the playoffs.
In November, 2015, Bryant announced that he would retire at the end of the season. He was given a farewell tour in all of his games, including his last game against the Utah Jazz where he scored 60 points in a victory. This season was disastrous for the team though, finishing with a 17-65 record, the worst in franchise history.
After Bryant’s departure, the team added more young guns, including Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, but lost Russell to trade after some locker room issues.
2018 saw the Laker’s fate turn around, with LeBron James joining as a free agent. James had previously gone to eight straight Finals and looked to take the Lakers back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, but suffered a groin injury on Christmas Day, and would only play a few games for the rest of the season. The 2018-19 season, while unable to make the playoffs, was filled with speculation after trade rumours with New Orleans Pelicans’ star Anthony Davis picked up.
During the 2019 offseason, the Lakers traded for Davis, sending Ingram, Ball among other players and a record number of first round picks.
The James and Davis pairing worked wonders, with the team starting the season 17-2 before finishing up 52-19 with the first seed in the Western Conference in the COVID-19 interrupted season. The Lakers lost the first game of their series against Portland in the first round and the Rockets in the second round, but would win the next four games to win both series 4-1, overcoming superstars like Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and James Harden on their way to their first Western Conference Finals since 2010.
The Lakers would face the Nuggets in the Conference Finals and despite Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic firing for Denver, the star power of James and Davis was too much, winning the series 4-1 and advancing to the NBA Finals to face the Miami Heat.
Despite incredible play from Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat, the duo of James and Davis was once again too much for the opposition, as the Lakers went on to win their 17th NBA Championship in six games.
Many expected the Lakers to be able to go back-to-back, but the short 2020 offseason wrecked havoc on LA. Davis went down with a serious calf strain before James was sidelined with a turned ankle. Both missed 6-8 weeks of action and it saw the Lakers plummet to seventh in the West.
They faced the Suns in the opening round and despite leading 2-1 at one stage, the Lakers lost in six games. Davis got injured, again, and James didn’t look as explosive or dynamic upon returning from his injury.
LA are now up against the wall, limited in their ability to make moves in the offseason due to their current financial obligations but in serious need of some changes to help their two stars lift the title yet again.
After a disappointing season ravaged by injuries the Lakers have completely turned their team upside down to create a new beast. The Lakers have got rid of most of their young players and traded them in for veterans to support LeBron in his pursuit of an NBA Championship. This team is one of the most interesting in the league and filled with A-list NBA names. The question is whether this aging team can compete with the young stars in the league to win the Finals?
The Lakers have been led by head coach Frank Vogel since 2019 and have seen mixed results under his tenure. In his first season the Lakers won the NBA Finals in the NBA Bubble, but in his second year, the Lakers finished with just 42 wins and lost in the first round of the playoffs. It wasn’t all Vogel’s fault as the Lakers had several injuries. Vogel has turned the Lakers into a strong defensive team which ranked first in the league in defensive rating last season.
Vogel often doesn’t get the credit he deserves as most of it goes to the Lakers’ two stars, but Vogel’s defensive scheme has been a game changer for LeBron. The issues with the Lakers last year was the lack of offense when LeBron and AD were out. The Lakers ended up finishing 22nd in the league in points per game despite having 2 of the league’s best players.
This offseason the Lakers have made strides to improve their offense by essentially overhauling their roster around LeBron and AD. The obvious key addition is Russell Westbrook, but the Lakers have also brought in Carmelo Anthony, Kendrick Nunn, Malik Monk, DeAndre Jordan and Kent Bazemore to bolster their offense.
The Lakers haven’t slept on defense either this offseason adding Dwight Howard again, Trevor Ariza and Rajon Rondo to help keep the defense up to Vogel’s standards. This has been a splashy offseason and this team will likely face some growing pains in the beginning as they build chemistry. The presence of several ball dominant players is worrying but if the Lakers can work it out they have one of the most experienced rosters in the league.
The key player to this Lakers roster is LeBron James, obviously. LeBron has been a top 3 player for his entire career and shows no sign of slowing down when he can stay on the court. Over his last 3 seasons, LeBron has missed extended periods of time due to injury and that may hold the Lakers back this season as LeBron is only getting older.
LeBron is a known commodity with few weaknesses in his game, if he is on the court at full strength, the Lakers can beat anyone. Our issue is whether or not LeBron can stay on the court, because if he can’t the Lakers likely don’t have the talent to win the NBA Finals.
Although the rest of this roster is filled with a bunch of A-list NBA Names, there are 2 players who we think are key to this Lakers season. The first is Russell Westbrook. He is one of the most ball-dominant players in the league and the Lakers are now putting him next to LeBron James who is equally as ball dominant.
For the Lakers to work this year, Russ needs to carve out a role for himself as he isn’t a consistent enough shooter to sit on the 3 point line for LeBron to kick the ball out to. The Lakers will definitely stagger the minutes between LeBron and Russ but there will be stretches, especially during the playoffs where both players are on the court. For the Lakers to succeed, they need Russ to work out what role he must play, especially in the half court offense, when LeBron is handling the ball.
The second player who we think will be key to the Lakers this season is Anthony Davis. Davis has stated numerous times that he prefers not to play centre, but with the Lakers roster, Davis will likely be forced to do so. Granted, the Lakers did win the NBA Finals in 2020 when Davis played a lot of centre, but with the way this roster is built, Davis will probably be forced to play extended minutes in the playoffs at centre.
Furthermore, Davis needs to stay healthy as well. AD has been injured for much of his career. If Davis can’t stay healthy the Lakers lose a key player on both sides of the ball which will hurt them greatly come playoff time. Davis’ shooting and defense allow the Lakers to be extremely versatile and space the floor for LeBron, so if he is missing, the Lakers will be greatly restricted in the sets they can run.
The breakout player on this roster is going to be Malik Monk. Monk will be filling the KCP role and he has been doing so very well in the preseason. Although he played very inconsistently at the Hornets, averaging under 10 points per game, we think this new Lakers system will allow him to flourish.
Monk will benefit greatly from the space on the 3 point line that LeBron creates for him. Monk shot 40% from 3 last season, and if he can keep that pace up, or even improve with the presence of Russ and LeBron playmaking for him, we think Monk could break out and average close to 20 a game if he gets extended minutes.
As reigning and defending NBA Champions, the Lakers opened as favourites to take it out again in the 2020-21 season with +400 odds.
These odds stayed around this range throughout the season, only challenged by Brooklyn after they acquired James Harden. Things changed when both Anthony Davis and LeBron James went down with injury and the Lakers slipped down the standings.
While the bookmakers always gave them a chance, their odds ballooned out until they were eventually eliminated from contention in the opening round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
Given the expectation surrounding a defending Champion, the Lakers injuries and poor play saw them have a negative record against the spread. Their 32-39-1 ATS record was seventh worst in the league, held down by a terrible 14-22 home ATS record.
When looking at total points betting, the Lakers had the worst record in the league thanks to their #1 defense. LA was just 29-41-2 O/U, going 17-19 at home but a crazy 12-22-2 on the road.
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Where do the Los Angeles Lakers play?
The Los Angeles Lakers play their home games at the Staples Center.
Who owns the Los Angeles Lakers?
The Buss Family Trusts is the majority ownership group of the Los Angeles Lakers, with Patrick Soon-Shiong being a minority owner.
Have the Los Angeles Lakers won an NBA Championship?
The Los Angeles Lakers have won 17 NBA Championships, which is tied for most in league history, equal with the Boston Celtics. Their most recent was in 2020, led by LeBron James.
Who is the Los Angeles Lakers coach?
Frank Vogel is currently the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Vogel was hired after a disappointing 2018-19 season resulted in Luke Walton being fired.
Do the Los Angeles Lakers play tonight?
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What is the Los Angeles Lakers record?
The Los Angeles Lakers had a 42-30 win-loss record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the Los Angeles Lakers win last night?
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How much are the Los Angeles Lakers worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Los Angeles Lakers are worth $4.4 billion, second in the league behind the New York Knicks.
Who do the Los Angeles Lakers play tonight?
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How to watch the Los Angeles Lakers?
You can watch the Los Angeles Lakers on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or Spectrum SportsNet, or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Los Angeles Lakers make the playoffs this year?
The Los Angeles Lakers made the playoffs in the 2020-21 season after finishing 7th in the West with a 42-30 record.
Will the Los Angeles Lakers get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
The Los Angeles Lakers received the 22nd pick in the 2021 NBA draft.
When do the Los Angeles Lakers play?
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Where did the Los Angeles Lakers finish the season?
The Los Angeles Lakers finished the 2020-21 NBA season in 7th in the Western Conference.
How many games did the Los Angeles Lakers win?
The Los Angeles Lakers won 42 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
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