The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most successful franchises in NBA history. Who is their most productive lineup of all-time greats?
The Lakers may have the second or best all-time lineup of all time according to most NBA fans. They are tied for the most titles in the history of the NBA and have more than their share of Hall-of-Famers and NBA legends.
Creating an all-time starting lineup for the Lakers is no easy task but using Win Shares, an all-in-one measure of career production for Basketball-Reference, helps separate elite from the very best.
Lakers all-time starting lineup: Point guard, Magic Johnson, 155.8 Win Shares
Magic Johnson is the starting point guard for this team. Johnson has the 23rd-most Win Shares of all time. Johnson will be controlling the ball on the offensive end but he will end up guarding fours on other teams due to the lack of size on this roster.
The Lakers have a lot of guards who could have been at the top of their list. But we need a big guard on the other 4s playing against this team. This allows us to avoid putting George Mikan on the roster and create better spacing on this lineup.
Magic Johnson helped turn around the league with his rivalry against Larry Bird. The Lakers were able to win multiple titles with Magic Johnson as their second or best player on the roster during this era. His Win-Share score shows that.