The Lakers storied franchise has often been corner-stoned by some great draft picks. Of the nine players with their jerseys hanging in the Staples Center rafters, five of them where drafted by the Lakers and four of them played their entire careers with the Lakers.
For a franchise often known for buying or luring talent to Los Angeles, some great drafts have given the Lakers their key pieces in some of their most successful teams. The likes of Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Magic Johnson, and Kobe Bryant played integral – and even MVP – roles in their teams winning titles.
But there have been many other draft picks the Lakers have made that catapulted them into title contenders. Let’s dive in and look at the 10 greatest draft picks.