5 Reasons Why Kobe Should Top List of the Greatest Lakers of All Time

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Reason #1: Tenure


Apr 2, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts in the second half of the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center. Lakers won 101-81. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


When taking into consideration the greatest Lakers of all-time, the amount of time that the player spent in a Lakers uniform is crucial in the determination. No matter what measure of tenure you choose, Kobe laps the field.


Seasons with Lakers:

17 Kobe Bryant

14 Jerry West

14 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

13 Magic Johnson


Regular Seasons games played with Lakers:

1,239 Kobe Bryant

1,093 Kareem Abdul Jabbar

932 Jerry West

906 Magic Johnson


Playoff games played with Lakers:

220 Kobe Bryant

190 Magic Johnson

180 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

153 Jerry West


Minutes played with Lakers:

45,390 Kobe Bryant

37,492 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

36,571 Jerry West

33,245 Magic Johnson



Kobe is the Lakers all-time leader in all of the aforementioned categories.


Kobe has played an additional 4 full seasons, 333 more regular seasons games, 30 more playoff games and 12, 145 more minutes than Magic Johnson and Kobe is still adding to that already massive disparity.

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