Los Angeles Lakers: 50 Greatest Players in Lakers History (Updated 2023)

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Greatest Lakers of all time: 39- Lucius Allen

  • 3 seasons, 210 games
  • 16.0 PPG
  • 5.1 APG
  • 1.6 steals

Lucius was lightning quick, earning the nickname “The Jackrabbit”. He also had a smooth jump shot and was regarded as a good floor leader and excellent teammate.

As a UCLA Bruin he teamed with the legendary Lew Alcindor to guide the team to two NCAA titles and an overall magnificent 59-1 won-lost record. In his 6th NBA season, he returned to LA in 1974 to play for the Lakers, and was joined there a year later by Alcindor, who by then of course had changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Although they had won a title in Milwaukee, the duo didn’t experience nearly the same level of success together in LA as pros as they had as collegians. The team missed the playoffs entirely in Allen’s first two seasons, and although they compiled the best record in the Western Conference his third year, they lost to the streaking Portland Trailblazers in the conference finals.

His relatively short Lakers career was solid. He scored a career high 19.5 PPG in his first season. Overall he ranks 6th among Lakers in assists per game, 4th in steals, 16th in PPG and 41st in total points.