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Creating the Los Angeles Lakers’ All-Time Starting Lineup

Creating the Los Angeles Lakers' All-Time Starting Lineup

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Historically, the Los Angeles Lakers have been franchise based off of exciting, flashy players who draw mass amounts of fans to games. Perhaps the most popular franchise not only in America, but across the world, the Lakers have done a fantastic job of putting players on the court who can compete amongst the best. Here's the franchise's all-time starting lineup.

PG - Earvin "Magic" Johnson

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PG - Earvin "Magic" Johnson

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Hands down the most likable player ever as well as one heck of a point guard, Earvin "Magic" Johnson began his reign of terror immediately upon entering the NBA in 1979. Johnson cemented himself as the team leader in his journey to becoming a champion in his very first year in the league. Despite never evolving into a shooter, Johnson still concluded his career averaging a remarkable 20 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds per game.

SG - Kobe Bryant

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SG - Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant is as beloved as a human can possibly be amongst Lakers fans. Criticize him one bit and Lakers fans will defend Bryant no matter the circumstances. Believe it or not there is a reason for this fanaticism over Kobe Bryant. It's not just the five rings, the scoring titles, the MVP or 16 All-Star appearances. The love is based off of the heart Bryant has put into his craft.

SF - Elgin Baylor

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SF - Elgin Baylor

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A truly revolutionary player, Elgin Baylor paved the for basketball as we know it today. Baylor's athleticism was unheralded at his time of arrival. The league was still heavily in favor of white players, but Baylor never allowed this racial stigma to get to him. Although he never won an NBA title in seven tries, Baylor's historical impact on the game and his ungodly 27 points and 13.5 rebounds per game easily make him L.A.'s greatest SF.

PF - Pau Gasol

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PF - Pau Gasol

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When doing research for this article, I was a bit shocked the Lakers have lacked a dominant PF. For such a storied franchise, how could power forward be such a weak position compared to the others? Really the answer to that question lies in the fact that the Lakers never needed a star PF until 2008 when Bryant was on the cusp of forcing a trade. Gasol's arrival catapulted Los Angeles back to contention, ultimately winning two more titles.

C - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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C - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Today, we tend to overlook the true greatness of the man formerly known as Lew Alcindor. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was simply unstoppable and accounted for one half of the dominant duo alongside Magic Johnson. Abdul-Jabbar's career is impossible to sum up in just a few sentences, but the fact that he is the leader in total points, created the most dominant move in NBA history and won six championships should suffice.