James Worthy did not play in the Minneapolis era of Lakers’ history, instead he was a star during the “Showtime” period in Los Angeles. Worthy played along side Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and help bring three championships to Los Angeles.
Worthy is most remembered for his performance in the 1988 NBA Finals, as he won Finals MVP. Worthy recorded a triple-double to seal the series against the Detroit Pistons, the 1988 Los Angeles Lakers were the first team to repeat since the Boston Celtics did it 19 years earlier.
“Showtime” would never have existed if it weren’t for the play and skill set of James Worthy. In his 12 year NBA career Worthy played every game for the Lakers, and averaged 17.6 ppg, 3.0 apg, and 5.1 rpg. You can’t mention “Showtime” or Magic Johnson, and not remember the efforts of “Big Game” James Worthy.