If you are a dedicated Los Angeles Lakers fan, you may already know a lot about the team. But there may also be plenty of facts that you do not know. I have compiled a little list of my personal favorite fun facts about my favorite basketball team.
If you know these already, just think of this as a little review. If you do not, maybe you will learn something to appreciate the amazing basketball team more than you already do.
- The Lakers were not always an LA team. In fact the Lakers were originally a Minnesota team. Minnesota is known for its many, many lakes, which is why the team got the name to begin with before it moved out west.
- There are many members of the Basketball Hall of Fame that have ties to the LA Lakers, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Slater Martin, Vern Mikkelsen, James Worthy, Bob McAdoo, Pat Riley, Bill Sharman, Gail Goodrich, and so many more. The Lakers is an amazing team to play for and has built the career of many amazing basketball players.
- The all-time leading scorer in the NBA was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who scored 38,387 points over the course of his 20-year career as a professional basketball player.
- Kobe Bryant set the record for the most points in a single game in Lakers’ history against the Toronto Raptors in 2006. In that game alone, he scored 81 points.
- The Lakers have had four major players who have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. They are:
- Kobe Bryant (2008)
- Shaquille O’Neal (2000)
- Magic Johnson (1987, 1989, 1990)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1976, 1977, 1980)
The first MVP of the Finals was Jerry West who was selected in 1969, even though the Lakers lost that year.
- The Lakers have won 16 NBA Championships, second only to their biggest rival, the Boston Celtics, who have won 17. The Lakers have had a rivalry since the 1950s. The two teams have faced off in the NBA Championships 12 times, with Boston winning 8 times and the Lakers winning 4 times. The Celtics and the Lakers have won 33 of the 70 NBA Championships through the years, making them both the stiff competition.
- Jerry Buss bought the Lakers, the Kings, and the Forum from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979.
- Academy Award winning actor Jack Nicholson has been a Lakers seasons-ticket holder since 1970. He loves the Lakers in good times and in bad and is often seen at the games since he is pretty much the Lakers’ biggest fan.
- The LA Lakers won their first NBA title in 1950, starting what is a long history of being an excellent asset to the NBA.
- The Lakers have won 23 division titles, making them pretty fantastic overall. Likewise, they have only failed to make it to the postseason 7 times, including 2014 and 2015. Hopefully things will be improving for them in the seasons to come. They are due for some good times.
- When you think of the tallest Laker in their history, you might assume it was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. While he is very tall, the tallest was actually Chuck Nevitt who stood a whopping 7 feet, 5 inches.
- The all-time leader in Lakers history for the most turnovers is actually, unsurprisingly, Kobe Bryant, who is certainly the best player they have had in recent years. But it was Sasha Vujacic who scored 21 points in the 2010 NBA finals and scored the game’s win by making two free throws.