7 Worst All-Star Game snubs in Los Angeles Lakers history

Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers / James Drake/GettyImages
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The 2024 NBA All-Star Teams featured a pair of Los Angeles Lakers players, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It was the sixth time that James represented the Lakers at an All-Star Weekend, and it was Davis's third-such selection since joining Los Angeles.

That brings the Lakers' total up to 146 All-Star selections in the hsitory of the franchise, dating back to George Mikan, Jim Pollard and Vern Mikkelsen back in the 1950-51 season. Only the Boston Celtics have had more. The Lakers have been a star-studded franchise since the very beginning.

Yet despite that starry legacy, the Lakers have seen a number of their players snubbed when it came to the All-Star Game. That includes deserving second and third stars, but it also applies to some of the biggest names in franchise history.

Let's take a look at some of the most egregious All-Star snubs in franchise history, starting with a few honorable mentions.

All-Star Snub Honorable Mentions

Magic Johnson deserves a brief mention here as he missed the All-Star Game in 1980-81; he was injured early in the season and likely missed too many games for consideration, but given his elite level of play it stands out that he missed the All-Star Game that season coming off of a championship.

Speaking of that championship team, the second-leading scorer was Jamaal Wilkes. Often forgotten in the history of the Showtime Lakers because he phased out early in their run, he was also forgotten in All-Star voting despite averaging over 20 points per game for a team heading for 60 wins.

Finally, Gail Goodrich was a star for the Lakers in the early 1970s, and by 1975-76 should have had the cachet as a star to make the All-Star Team when he had another strong season. That year the All-Star Team was all about parity, however, with a wide variety of players chosen from a bunch of different teams. That meant only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was selected from the Lakers that year.