By Daron Grandberry on August 25, 2014
The Los Angeles Lakers have seen their share of amazing players as well as role players who've played important roles on championship teams. Here's a list of the top five power forwards in Los Angeles Lakers history.
Despite his off-court issues, Lamar Odom was an important role player for the Los Angeles Lakers during his seven seasons in purple and gold. Odom was primarily a power forward, but his versatility and ball-handling ability made him the perfect fit in Phil Jackson's triangle offense. The 2010-11 Sixth Man of the Year averaged 13.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG and 3.7 APG while a member of the Lakers.
On a team filled with All-Stars, it was Kurt Rambis who did all of the necessary dirty work for the Los Angeles Lakers. During his nine years with the Lakers, Rambis helped the Lakers win four NBA championships during the Showtime Era. Despite only averaging 4.9 PPG and 5.5 RPG, Rambis was an important role player for the Lakers.
Like Rambis, Green was another important role player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Known for his hard work, rebounding and ability to stay in great shape throughout his career, Green averaged 10.6 PPG and 7.7 RPG in nine season with the Lakers. Green missed only three games during that span, and was a part of three championship teams.
No matter what the numbers say, Robert Horry was very important to the success of the Los Angeles Lakers. Although he was never the player to lead the team in scoring, he made a living off making clutch shots and hustle points. Horry was a key player in the Lakers’ three-peat in the early 2000s, and averaged 6.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG and 2.2 APG in seven seasons with the Lakers.
People quickly forget how Pau Gasol played a major role in the Lakers' back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. His nifty passing instantly made him a crowd favorite during his seven seasons in Los Angeles. Gasol averaged 17.7 PPG, 9.9 RPG and 3.5 APG while making three All-Star game appearances. While Gasol might not be one of the greatest Lakers of all-time, he certainly deserves the title of best power forward in Lakers history.
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