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Top 5 SFs In Los Angeles Lakers History

Top 5 SFs In Los Angeles Lakers History

Los Angeles Lakers: Top Small Forwards in Lakers History
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One of the most decorated franchises in pro sports, the Los Angeles Lakers have seen their share of amazing players. With the Lakers' current need of a starting-caliber small forward, let's take a look at the top five small forwards in Los Angeles Lakers history.

5. Rick Fox

Rick Fox
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5. Rick Fox

Rick Fox
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A member of three championship teams, Rick Fox spent seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and redefined what it means to be a role player. At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, Fox was responsible for guarding opposing teams' perimeter threats and knocking down open outside shots. During his seven seasons in L.A., Fox averaged 8.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG and 2.9 APG.

4. Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard
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4. Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard
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Before Fox showed Lakers fans what it meant to be a championship role player, Jim Pollard helped lead the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships. The four-time NBA All-Star averaged 13.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 3.2 APG during his six NBA seasons. Pollard’s best season was the 1951-52 season when he averaged 15.5 PPG and 9.1 RPG in 65 games for the Lakers. Pollard was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978.

3. Jamaal Wilkes

Jamaal Wilkes
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3. Jamaal Wilkes

Jamaal Wilkes
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During his eight years in Los Angeles, Wilkes averaged 18.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 2.6 APG. Known for his unconventional jump shot and ability to get to the basket, Wilkes helped the Lakers win three titles. Although Wilkes was often overshadowed by some of the great players he played with, die-hard Lakers fans know his importance. During the 1980 NBA Finals, Wilkes scored 37 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the Lakers to the 1980 NBA championship.

2. James Worthy

James Worthy
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2. James Worthy

James Worthy
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Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the first overall pick in the 1982 NBA Draft, James Worthy spent all 12 seasons with the Lakers. Known for his ability to score and for running the fast break with Magic Johnson, Worthy averaged 17.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG and 3.0 APG while helping the Lakers win three NBA titles. He was named the 1988 NBA Finals MVP after averaging 22 PPG, 7.4 RPG and 4.4 APG against the Philadelphia 76ers.

1. Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor
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1. Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor
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One of the best Lakers of all time, Elgin Baylor spent his entire 14-year NBA career with the Lakers organization. After being drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers with the first overall pick in the 1958 NBA Draft, Baylor averaged 27.4 PPG, 13.5 RPG and 4.3 APG. Long before LeBron James, it was Baylor who helped change the small forward position. He was an 11-time All-Star, 1959 Rookie of the Year, and was on the All-NBA First Team 10 times.