Wilt Chamberlin joined the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1968, and spent his last five years with the franchise. When Chamberlin joined the Lakers, he was nearing the end of his career and he was seeing a decline in his game. Wilt helped the Lakers win the 1972 NBA Championship, but that was the only success the Lakers saw during the Chamberlin era. Perhaps Wilt Chamberlin would be in the “statue” conversation if he had produced more for the Lakers, and if he won more titles while in Los Angeles.
Gail Goodrich’s number 25 jersey is hanging from the Staples Center roster, and he is somewhat an unknown player to many fans. Goodrich played for 14 years, and has two stays in Los Angeles. Goodrich played for the Lakers from 1965-1968 and then again from 197-1976. In his time with the Lakers, Goodrich averaged 18.7 ppg, 4.1 apg and 3.0 rpg.
Shaquille O’Neal was the most dominant big man when he was in the prime of his career. Shaq helped the Lakers win three-straight titles, and the dynamic duo of Kobe and Shaq was unstoppable. O’Neal was the Finals MVP from 2000-2002, averaged 23.02 ppg, 2.58 apg, and 10.05 rpg in his nine years in Los Angeles. Shaquille O’Neal may have joined the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers’ arch rival, but he brought the franchise to stardom for the early years of the 2000s.
Byron Scott was drafted fourth by the San Diego Clippers in the 1983 NBA Draft, but he was traded off to the Los Angeles Lakers. Scott spent 11 season in Los Angeles with two stays, one from 1983-1993 and his final stay was in the 1996-1997 season. Scott started and ended his career in Los Angeles, with an average of 15.05 ppg, 3.20 apg and 3.15 rpg. Byron Scott helped Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar win three titles, while he became a fan favorite in Los Angeles.