By Daron Grandberry on August 10, 2014
Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers have had the luxury of cheering for some of the best shooting guards in NBA history. From Kobe Bryant to Jerry West, the Los Angeles Lakers have had no trouble getting production for the shooting guard position. Here is a list of the top five shooting guards in Lakers history, from Kobe Bryant to Jerry West,
Eddie Jones was drafted tenth overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by former Lakers great Jerry West. Known for his flashy dunks and smooth jump shot, Jones quickly became a fan favorite in Los Angeles. During his five seasons with the Lakers Jones averaged 15.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 2.1 SPG. The three-time All-Star had his best season in Los Angeles during the 1997-98 season when he averaged 17.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG and 2.4 SPG.
After being selected in the third round of the 1978 NBA Draft, Michael Cooper quickly became one of the best on-ball defenders in Lakers history. With his long arms and lanky stature, Cooper averaged 8.9 PPG, 4.2 APG, 3.2 RPG and 1.2 SPG during his 12-year NBA career, all spent in Los Angeles. Cooper was named to five All-Defensive First Teams and is the only player in Lakers history to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Byron Scott played 11 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers after being selected fourth overall in 1983. The 6-foot-3 Scott helped the Lakers win three NBA titles alongside Magic Johnson and was often a recipient of Magic's crafty passes on the fast break. As a Laker, Scott averaged 15.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2. 8 assists.
One of the NBA's greatest players of all time, Jerry West could have easily been on the list of top Lakers point guards as well. During his historic 14-year NBA career, West averaged 27 PPG, 6.7 APG and 5.8 RPG for the Lakers. During his 14 years with the Lakers, West was named to every All-Star game and led the league in scoring during the 1969-70 season (31.2 PPG). The following season, 1970-71, West led the league in assists (9.7 APG).
Kobe Bryant has done a little bit of everything for the Lakers during his illustrious 18-year career. The 16-time All-Star has helped bring five championships to Los Angeles and is the franchise leader in several categories. Bryant is the Lakers’ all-time leader in scoring, games played, minutes played, field-goal attempts, three-point field goals and three-point field goal attempts. Bryant has averaged 25.5 PPG & 5.3 RPG in 18 seasons.
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