One of the NBA’s two most legendary franchises, the Los Angeles Lakers have won 16 championships with 16 Hall of Famers and eight league MVPs. Four of the Los Angeles Lakers all-time leading scorers have poured in more than 20,000 points with the franchise. They are led by the current franchise player, Kobe Bryant, who passed legendary guard Jerry West in 2010.
5. Magic Johnson: 17,707 points
One of the greatest point guards in NBA history, Hall of Famer Magic Johnson played 13 great seasons and ranks fifth among the Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading scorers. Johnson was a dazzling play-maker, capable of creating easy scoring opportunities for himself and teammates alike. The five-time NBA Champion shot .520 from the field and averaged 19.5 points per game for his career. Johnson is one of only four players with more than 10,000 assists and one of seven to win three or more NBA MVP Awards.
4. Elgin Baylor: 23,149 points
One of the greatest forwards in NBA history, Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor ranks fourth among the Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading scorers. Baylor was a prolific athlete who dominated in the 1960s. He averaged more than 30 points per game three times with a career-high 38.3 points per game in 1961-62. The 11-time All-Star posted career averages of 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game, all with the Lakers. He ranks 21st on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 24,176 points
Ranking third on the Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading scorers list the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After scoring 14,211 points and winning an NBA Championship in six seasons with the Bucks, Kareem joined the Lakers and added five more championships with 22.1 points per game. In addition to points, the Hall of Fame forward also ranks in the all-time top five in rebounds with 17,440 and blocks with 9,394. Abdul-Jabbar owns NBA records of six MVP Awards and 19 All-Star appearances.
2. Jerry West: 25,192 points
Until 2010, Hall of Fame guard Jerry West was the Los Angeles Lakers’ all-time leading scorer. West averaged better than 20 points per game in all but the rookie season of his 14-year career. His 27.0 points per game over the course of his career is the fifth highest lifetime average in NBA history. West averaged more than 30 points four times and he led the league in the last one in 1969-70 with 31.2 points per game. The 14-time All-Star led the Lakers to nine NBA Finals and one championship in 1972.
1. Kobe Bryant: 25,790 points*
In the 2009-10 season, Kobe Bryant became the Los Angeles Lakers all-time leading scorer. Bryant has averaged more than 20 points per game for each of the last 11 seasons and better than 30 per game in three of those campaigns. A versatile scorer, Bryant is the first of the Lakers’ top scorers to make the three-point shot a major part of his arsenal and his 1,303 treys are also good for a team record. He led the NBA in back-to-back seasons with 35.4 points per game in 2005-06 and 31.6 in 2006-07. Now up to 12 All-Star appearances and counting, Bryant ranks 12th on the NBA’s all-time points list and he is just one healthy season away from climbing as high as sixth.
* Indicates the player is active with the team.
Los Angeles Lakers Player Register. Basketball-Reference.com