This is our list of the top power forwards in Laker history. The Lakers have had many great big mans throughout their years in existence. The Lakers had dominating big men during the Minneapolis era and also the Los Angeles era. These big men were unstoppable forces in the paint and were deadly away from the basket. The Lakers’ power forwards were not limited to the traditional style of play, these players were versatile and extremely talented.
Honorable Mention: Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom began his career in Los Angeles, the Clippers that is. Odom had a very successful rookie season with the Clippers, as he averaged 16.6 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Odom would continue playing home games at the Staples Center until the 2003-2004 season, when he was traded to the Heat.
Odom when then be traded back to Los Angeles, this time the Lakers. However, Odom did not join the star-studded team that won three straight titles, as Shaq was headed to Miami in the same trade.
To this day, Odom plays for the Lakers and is a valuable piece of the bench. Double-doubles are not an uncommon thing for Odom and when Odom is concentrated, he can win games single-handedly.
His only downfall is his inconsistency, as if it weren’t for that, Lamar Odom may have cracked the top five. However, his future looks bright and there will be many more championship opportunities for Odom. Who knows, he may be considered one of the best power forwards once its all said and done.
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