Ranking 24 worst Lakers starters of the Kobe Bryant era

Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Los Angeles Lakers, Vladimir Radmanovic. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

20. Vladimir Radmanovic

Radmanovic had played seven seasons in the NBA before arriving in Los Angeles. The 2001 lottery pick was a role player on two Sonics playoff teams and spent 30 games with the Clippers before signing with the Lakers in free agency. It was a wild pursuit. Radmanovic turned down a larger extension from the Sonics in 2005 and decided against re-signing with the Clippers to join the Lakers.

The 6’10 forward should have been entering his prime, and the Lakers were excited to have him. He was supposed to be a starter and key rotation piece, but Radmanovic struggled. He averaged just 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game before being injured in a snowboarding accident. It cost him the remainder of the season and $500,000 after he lied to Lakers brass about how he sustained the injury.

Radmanovic played better in 2008, including starting throughout the playoffs. The 6’10 forward averaged 8.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game as the Lakers reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Celtics.

The Los Angeles Lakers dumped the remainder of Vladimir Radmanovic’s contract on the Bobcats in February 2009 in return for Shannon Brown and Adam Morrison. His six-year $30 million deal turned into a massive disappointment and firmly earned him a spot on this list.