Lakers-Celtics

The Lakers-Celtics rivalry is not only the greatest team rivalry in pro basketball, but also the greatest championship rivalry in America. The Lakers and Celtics have met for the championship 12 times - a record across all major sports. One, or both, of them has been in 41 of the 74 NBA Finals all-time.

In addition to the team's rivalry, basketball's two greatest one-on-one rivalries played out on the Lakers-Celtics stage. The Wilt Chamberlain-Bill Russell rivalry largely took place while Wilt played for the Warriors and 76ers, but the final chapter was written in the 1969 NBA Finals. The Magic Johnson-Larry Bird rivalry returned the teams back to the Finals spotlight and rejuvenated the fledgling NBA. Lastly, jump down to the All-Team Teams for both franchises.

NBA Finals
1959 1962
1963
Boston 4
Minneapolis 0
Lakers 115, Celtics 118
Lakers 108, Celtics 128
Celtics 122, Lakers 110
Celtics 118, Lakers 113
Composite Box Score
Boston 4
Los Angeles 3
Lakers 108, Celtics 122
Lakers 129, Celtics 122
Celtics 115, Lakers 117
Celtics 115, Lakers 103
Lakers 126, Celtics 121
Celtics 119, Lakers 105
Lakers 107, Celtics 110 OT
Composite Box Score
Boston 4
Los Angeles 2
Lakers 106, Celtics 113
 Lakers 114, Celtics 117
Celtics 99, Lakers 119
Celtics 108, Lakers 105
Lakers 126, Celtics 119
Celtics 112, Lakers 109
Composite Box Score
1965
1966 1968
Boston 4
Los Angeles 1
Lakers 110, Celtics 142
Lakers 123, Celtics 129
Celtics 105, Lakers 126
Celtics 112, Lakers 99
Lakers 96, Celtics 129
Composite Box Score
Boston 4
  Los Angeles 3
Lakers 133, Celtics 129 OT
Lakers 109, Celtics 129
Celtics 120, Lakers 106
Celtics 122, Lakers 117
Lakers 121, Celtics 117
Celtics 115, Lakers 123
Lakers 93, Celtics 95
Composite Box Score
Boston 4
Los Angeles 2
Lakers 101, Celtics 107
Lakers 123, Celtics 113
Celtics 127, Lakers 119
Celtics 105, Lakers 118
Lakers 117, Celtics 120 OT
Celtics 124, Lakers 109
Composite Box Score
1969
1984
1985
Boston 4
Los Angeles 3
Celtics 118, Lakers 120
Celtics 112, Lakers 120
Lakers 112, Celtics 120
Lakers 88, Celtics 89
Celtics 104, Lakers 117
Lakers 90, Celtics 99
Celtics 108, Lakers 106
Composite Box Score
Boston 4
Los Angeles 3
Lakers 115, Celtics 109
Lakers 121, Celtics 124 OT
Celtics 104, Lakers 137
Celtics 129, Lakers 125 OT
Lakers 103, Celtics 121
Celtics 108, Lakers 119
Lakers 102, Celtics 111
Composite Box Score
Los Angeles 4
Boston 2
Lakers 114, Celtics 148
Lakers 109, Celtics 102
Celtics 111, Lakers 136
Celtics 107, Lakers 105
Celtics 111, Lakers 120
Lakers 111, Celtics 100
Composite Box Score
1987
2008
2010

Los Angeles 4
Boston 2
Celtics 113, Lakers 126
Celtics 122, Lakers 141
Lakers 103, Celtics 109
Lakers 107, Celtics 106
Lakers 108, Celtics 123
Celtics 93, Lakers 106
Composite Box Score
Boston 4
Los Angeles 2
Lakers 88, Celtics 98
Lakers 102, Celtics 108
Celtics 81, Lakers 87
Celtics 97, Lakers 91
Celtics 98, Lakers 103
Lakers 92, Celtics 131
Composite Box Score
Los Angeles 4
Boston 3
Celtics 89, Lakers 102
Celtics 103, Lakers 94
Lakers 91, Celtics 84
Lakers 89, Celtics 96
Lakers 86, Celtics 92
Celtics 67, Lakers 89
Celtics 79, Lakers 83
Composite Box Score

 
 
 
  Finals Notes
Lakers
Celtics


3 Series Won
9
31 Games Won
43
20-16 Home Record 27-11
8121
109.7 pg
Points 8242
111.4 pg
1 Game 7 Wins 4

Near Finals Match-Ups
(One Team Made Finals, Other Lost in Conference Finals)
1953 Celtics lost to Knicks 3-1 1980 Celtics lost to 76ers 4-1
1954 Celtics lost to Nat'ls 2-0 1982 Celtics lost to 76ers 4-3
1957 Lakers lost to Hawks 3-0 1986 Lakers lost to Rockets 4-1
1960 Lakers lost to Hawks 4-3 1988 Celtics lost to Pistons 4-2
1961 Lakers lost to Hawks 4-3 2002
Celtics lost to Nets 4-2
1972 Celtics lost to Knicks 4-1 2020 Celtics lost to Heat 4-2
1973 Celtics lost to Knicks 4-3



Regular Season Notes
2019-20 Season
Jan 20 - LA 107 @Bos 139
Feb 23 - Bos 112 @LA 114

Lakers All-Time Celtics
131 Wins
161
37 Lakers in Minneapolis
54
94 Lakers in Los Angeles
107
77-53 Home Record 81-49
5 Neutral Site Wins 27
30,438
104.2 ppg
Points 31,068
106.4 ppg
8 Overtime Wins 7
5
3 Times
Longest Winning Streak 18
11/6/1957-3/3/59
141
2/11/1968
Most Points Scored 173
2/27/1959
Highest Scoring Game: 312 Points
(Celtics 173-139, 2/27/59)
Longest Game: 2 OT
(Lakers 98-96, 3/11/51)

Wins by Decade
1948-59 Celtics 46-36 1989-99 Lakers 10-8
1959-69 Celtics 57-31 1999-09
Lakers 13-7
1969-79 Celtics 24-18 2009-19 Lakers 11-9
1979-89 Lakers 11-9 2019-29
Tied 1-1


Totals Celtics 161-131

Season Series Records
1948-59 Lakers 5-4-2 1989-99 Lakers 2-1-6
1959-69 Celtics 8-2-0 1999-09
Lakers 5-2-3
1969-79 Celtics 5-4-1 2009-19 Lakers 2-1-7
1979-89 Lakers 4-3-3 2019-29
Tied 0-0-1


Totals Tied 24-24-23


Franchise Histories
(NBA Rank); Through 2019-20
First Year : 1949
First Year : 1947
Wins : 3385 (2) Wins : 3426 (1)
Win Pct : .595 (2) Win Pct : .591 (3)
Playoff Appearances : 61 (1)
Playoff Appearances : 57 (2)
Playoff Series : 113-44 (1)
Playoff Series : 85-40 (2)
Finals Appearances : 32 (1)
Finals Appearances : 21 (2)
Championships : 17 (T1)
Championships : 17 (T1)
All-Stars : 140 (2)
All-Stars : 146 (1)
MVPs : 8 (2)
MVPs : 10 (1)
Hall of Famers : 27 (2)
Hall of Famers : 36 (1)
 
 
  Seven Game Series Videos

1962: Series Recap from PBS's "The Way It Was"

Part 2, Part 3

1966: Game 7


1969: Game 7, 4th Quarter


1984: Game 7


2010: Game 7 Highlights


 
 
Lakers vs Celtics, and the Struggle for the Soul of the NBA

1947-48: Beginnings
The Boston Celtics were one of eleven teams in the inaugural season of the BAA, which would later become the NBA after the 1949 season. Their franchise began with four straight losing seasons; they would then go two decades before recording their fifth.

1949-54: Mikan, Minneapolis, and the League’s First Dynasty
The Minneapolis Lakers joined the league prior to the 1949 season. With George Mikan at center, the Lakers became the league’s first dynasty, winning five championships in six years from 1949-54. Mikan was the first NBA superstar, dominating on both ends of the court. The 1951 season was a landmark for Boston as Bob Cousy became their point guard and Red Auerbach their head coach.
Championships: Lakers 5, Celtics 0

1955-60: Minneapolis’ Decline and Boston’s Ascendance
Mikan’s retirement after the 1954 season ushered in a period of decline for Minneapolis. Meanwhile, Boston was ascendant under Auerbach. At the 1956 Draft, Boston traded their star center, Ed Macauley, for incoming rookie Bill Russell. In Russell’s first season, 1957, the Celtics won their first championship. They would do so again in 1959 and ’60, becoming the league’s second dynasty. The 1959 title came at the expense of the Lakers and rookie Elgin Baylor.
Championships: Lakers 5, Celtics 3

1961-66: Auerbach’s Dynasty and West’s Devastation
The Celtics won their third straight championship in 1961. Before that season, the Lakers drafted Jerry West and then relocated to Los Angeles, putting the two franchises on a collision course for the rest of the decade. The two teams met in the 1962 Finals and played an epic seven-game series - one of the greatest in NBA history. They would meet again in 1963, ’65, and ’66 (this series going seven games), with Boston claiming victory every time. The 1966 season was Auerbach’s last as coach, ending an era.
Championships: Celtics 9, Lakers 5

1967-69: Russell’s Will and the Wilt Trade
Bill Russell took over as player-coach and continued his dominance of the league. They beat the Lakers for the championship again in 1968. The Lakers responded by trading for Wilt Chamberlain, setting the stage for a classic confrontation with the Celtics in 1969. That Finals would go seven games and be the last battle between Chamberlain and Russell, who retired after the series. Russell won 11 titles in 13 years, seven of which were at the expense of the Lakers.
Championships: Celtics 11, Lakers 5

1970-73: Los Angeles Finally Gets Over the Hump
Jerry West and the Lakers suffered a couple more playoff losses before finally winning their first Los Angeles championship in 1972 – a season which included a record 33-game winning streak and a then-record 69 wins. Several players and fans felt it was bittersweet since it did not come at the expense of their nemesis, Boston. The Celtics took a couple steps back in those years following Russell’s retirement, but soon returned to contention behind the play of John Havlicek and Dave Cowens.
Championships: Celtics 11, Lakers 6

1974-79: Celtics Rebound; Kareem Traded
Boston returned to the top of the mountain with championships in 1974 and ’76. With Chamberlain’s retirement in 1973 and West’s in ’74, the Lakers were without a star player for the first time since coming to Los Angeles. Then, before the 1976 season, they traded for the best player in basketball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Championships: Celtics 13, Lakers 6

1980-83: Bird vs Magic – Prologue
The entire sports world watched Bird vs Magic in the 1979 NCAA championship game, and with Bird in Boston and Magic in Los Angeles, it looked like the ‘80s would be another decade dominated by the league’s two premiere franchises. The Lakers won the title in 1980 and ’82, while the Celtics won in ’81, yet the epic Finals showdown remained elusive. Fans began to wonder not when, but if, the two would ever meet in the Finals.
Championships: Celtics 14, Lakers 8

1984-87: Bird vs Magic – Trilogy
In 1984 the stars aligned and the NBA world was captivated by the first Finals match-up between Boston and LA in fifteen years. The seven-game epic saw the same result as in the previous iteration, with Boston holding the trophy. The Lakers would finally defeat the Celtics in 1985, and then do so again in ’87 (with Boston beating Houston for the title in ’86). Magic’s Lakers won two of the three series against Bird’s Celtics, and the two teams ushered in a new era of interest in the NBA, arguably saving the league from demise.
Championships: Celtics 16, Lakers 10

1988-91: Bird vs Magic – Epilogue
The Lakers continued to role, winning another championship in 1988 (becoming the first team to win back-to-back since the Russell Celtics) and making the Finals in ’89. Even with Jabbar’s retirement after that season, Magic kept them competitive, getting them to the 1991 Finals. The Celtics, on the other hand, were slowed by age and injuries, and they lacked the young star to take up the mantle after the devastating death of Len Bias in 1986.
Championships: Celtics 16, Lakers 11

1992-96: Dark Times
Magic Johnson was forced to retire before the 1992 season after being diagnosed with HIV. Larry Bird, playing the last several years of his career in great pain, retired one year later. Celtics budding-star Reggie Lewis then tragically died one year after that. In 1994, for the first time since the Lakers entered the league, both teams missed the playoffs. In another first for the league, the Lakers and the Celtics had finally given over the reigns of the NBA to another franchise: Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.

1997-99: Lakers Retool and Celtics Crater
While Jordan’s run of dominance continued, Los Angeles and Boston looked for answers. The Celtics suffered through a string of losing seasons, with a franchise-low coming in 1997. Before that very season, the Lakers signed Shaquille O’Neal in free agency and traded for the rights to incoming high school phenom Kobe Bryant.

2000-04: Shaq and Kobe
The Lakers stood atop the league once again as the duo of Shaq and Kobe led them to three championships in a row to start the new millennium. The Celtics found their way back to the playoffs in 2002 and narrowly missed out on facing the Lakers in the Finals. After losing the 2004 Finals, Shaq and Kobe could no longer play together and O’Neal was traded away.
Championships: Celtics 16, Lakers 14

2005-07: Mediocrity
Both teams entered a period of mediocrity. The Lakers had Bryant and the Celtics had Paul Pierce, but there wasn’t enough talent around either to make their teams contenders.

2008-13: Four* Trades Renew the Rivalry (KG, Allen, Pau, and NOT Kobe)
The offseason before the 2008 season was seismic for the rivalry. Bryant had requested a trade, which was denied. The Lakers tried instead to bolster the team and entered a bidding war with the Celtics for Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett. Boston won out, trading for Garnett (and also Ray Allen) to team with Pierce. LA’s midseason trade for Pau Gasol set up the first Finals matchup between the two in twenty-one years. Boston won that series in 2008, while Los Angeles won the rematch in seven games in '10 (and also won in '09 over Orlando). Both aging teams would continue to compete for a few more seasons, but neither made it back to the Finals.
Championships: Celtics 17, Lakers 16

2014-18: Rebuilding – Two Different Paths
The Celtics traded away their aging talent before the 2014 season. An injury to Bryant that season doomed the Lakers and neither team made the playoffs for only the second time in league history. Thus began two differing approaches to rebuilding. The Celtics began acquiring assets – young talent and draft picks with eyes toward either developing a star or trading for one. The Lakers, meanwhile, tried to lure all-star players in free agency. Boston built a sustainable winner with a bright future while Los Angeles repeatedly struck out.

2019-Present: Return to Glory
Before the 2019 season, the Lakers finally landed a franchise player when LeBron James joined the team. Both teams were then in competition to trade for Anthony Davis, a star in his prime. The Celtics, with all of their assets, were unable to make it happen (Davis had said he preferred to sign with LA) and the Lakers completed the trade before the 2020 season. James and Davis then led Los Angeles back to the promised land in their first year together.
Championships: Celtics 17, Lakers 17


Wilt Chamberlain vs. Bill Russell 


Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell ushered in a new era in the NBA.  Before they arrived, basketball was dominantly a white, jump-shooting sport.  Enter Russell, and especially Chamberlain, and a new level of athleticism.  These two big men helped expand the popularity of the NBA nationwide.  Wilt was so far ahead of his time, only Babe Ruth rivals his individual dominance of a sport.  But it was Russell's Celtics who dominated the league, winning 11 titles in 13 years.  This was a classic match-up of a singular, dominant force consistantly losing out to a team-oriented, defensive leader who, it should be said, was almost always surrounded by teammates with superior talent.  Most of these battles were between Russell's Celtics and Chamberlain's Warriors and 76ers, but the finals chapter was written in the 1969 season when Wilt was traded to the Lakers and the two teams met in an epic NBA Finals.  Irresistible offensive force versus immovable defensive object, always guarding each other, Wilt-Russell is the greatest head-to-head rivalry in all of team sports.

NBA box scores from this era generally only tracked field goals, free throws, and points.
Additional head-to-head stats were taken from this ESPN article.


Playoff Match Ups
1964 NBA Finals - Boston Celtics 4, San Francisco Warriors 1
FG FG% FT FT% AST REB PTS
Chamberlain
62-120
.517
22-53
.415
2.4
27.6
29.2
Russell
22-57
.386
12-25
.480
5.0
25.2
11.2








1969 NBA Finals - Boston Celtics 4, Los Angeles Lakers 3
FG FG% FT FT% AST REB PTS
Chamberlain
29-58
.500
24-64
.375
3.0
25.0
11.7
Russell
25-63
.397
14-24
.583
5.1
21.1
9.1








Chamberlain Eastern Conference Finals Russell
FG FT FT% PTS FG FT FT% PTS
74
35

30.5
1960 - Celtics 4, Warriors 2
54
16

20.7
88
59

33.6
1962 - Celtics 4, Warriors 3
59
36

22.0
81
49-84
.583
30.1
1965 - Celtics 4, 76ers 3
46
17-36
.472
15.6
56
28-68
.412
28.0
1966 - Celtics 4, 76ers 1
25
20-36
.560
14.0
40
28-54
.519
21.6
1967 - 76ers 4, Celtics 1
19
19-28
.680
11.4
58
39-92
.424
22.1
1968 - Celtics 4, 76ers 3
37
22-37
.590
13.7









Totals

Playoffs
Regular Season
Series Won Games Won REB PTS
Wins REB PTS
Chamberlain
1
20
28.0
25.7

37
28.2
30.0
Russell
7
29
24.7
14.9

57
22.9
14.2


Giants of the Game: Russell and Chamberlain

Part 2
Classic Confrontations: Rivalry for the Ages

 
 
 
Season Comparisons
Wilt Chamberlain
Bill Russell
AGE PTS REB AST REC MVP AGE PTS REB AST REC MVP






1956-57
22
14.7
19.6
1.8
44-28
7th






1957-58
23
16.6
22.7
2.9
49-23
1st






1958-59
24
16.7
23.0
3.2
52-20
2nd
23
37.6
27.0
2.3
49-26
1st/ROY
1959-60
25
18.2
24.0
3.7
59-16
2nd
24
38.4
27.2
1.9
46-33
4th
1960-61
26
16.9
23.9
3.4
57-22
1st
25
50.4
25.7
2.4
49-31
2nd
1961-62
27
18.9
23.6
4.5
60-20
1st
26
44.8
24.3
3.4
31-49
7th
1962-63
28
16.8
23.6
4.5
58-22
1st
27
36.9
22.3
5.0
48-32
2nd
1963-64
29
15.0
24.7
4.7
59-21
3rd
28
34.7
22.9
3.4
40-40
5th
1964-65
30
14.1
24.1
5.3
62-18
1st
29
33.5
24.6
5.2
55-25
1st
1965-66
31
12.9
22.8
4.8
54-26
4th
30
24.1
24.2
7.8
68-13
1st
1966-67
32
13.3
21.0
5.8
60-21
3rd
31
24.3
23.8
8.6
62-20
1st
1967-68
33
12.5
18.6
4.6
54-28
-
32
20.5
21.1
4.5
55-27
-
1968-69
34
9.9
19.3
4.9
48-34
4th
33
27.3
18.4
4.1
46-36
12 gms
1969-70






34
20.7
18.2
4.3
48-34
-
1970-71






35
14.8
19.2
4.0
69-13
3rd
1971-72






36
13.2
18.6
4.5
60-22
4th
1972-73







30.1
22.9
4.4
2-4 Finals
4 MVPs
Totals

15.1
22.5
4.3
11-1 Finals
5 MVPs
 
 
 
Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird 



Many say that Magic Johnson and Larry Bird saved the NBA.  Their selfless commitment to winning and flashy style of play made the NBA a global brand.  It all began with the 1979 NCAA Championship game between Magic's Michigan State Spartans and Bird's Indiana State Sycamores, which is still the highest-rated NCAA Basketball Championship game of all time.  In the NBA, they dominated the 1980s with one of them playing in every Finals of the decade, combining for eight Championships and six MVPs, and facing off in three epic Finals match-ups.  Black-white.  West-East.  Showtime-blue collar.  Magic-Bird remains the most iconic individual rivalry in the history of team sports.
 
1979 NCAA Championship
Magic's Michigan State 75, Bird's Indiana State 64 - Magic MOP
Magic
Bird
24
Points
19
7
Rebounds
13
5
Assists
2
1
Steals
5
0
Blocks
1
8-15
Field Goals
7-21
8-10
Free Throws
5-8
















1985 NBA Finals
Lakers 4, Celtics 2
Magic
Bird
18.3
Points
23.8
6.8
Rebounds
8.8
14.0
Assists
5.0
2.2
Steals
1.8
0.0
Blocks
0.7
41-83
Field Goals
53-118
.494
Field Goal %
.449
1-2
3-Pointers
3-9
.500
3-Point %
.333
27-31
Free Throws
34-40
.871
Free Throw %
.850



1984 NBA Finals
Celtics 4, Lakers 3 - Bird Finals MVP
Magic
Bird
18.0
Points
27.4
7.7
Rebounds
14.0
13.6
Assists
3.6
2.0
Steals
2.1
0.9
Blocks
1.1
47-84
Field Goals
62-128
.560
Field Goal %
.484
0-1
3-Pointers
4-6
.000
3-Point %
.667
32-43
Free Throws
64-76
.744
Free Throw %
.842




1987 NBA Finals
Lakers 4, Celtics 2 - Magic Finals MVP
Magic
Bird
26.2
Points
24.2
8.0
Rebounds
10.0
13.0
Assists
5.5
2.3
Steals
1.2
0.3
Blocks
1.2
66-122
Field Goals
53-119
.541
Field Goal %
.445
1-2
3-Pointers
4-8
.500
3-Point %
.500
24-25
Free Throws
35-38
.960
Free Throw %
.921



Totals
NBA Finals Totals - Magic won 11-8
FG FG% 3P 3P% FT FT% BLK STL AST REB PTS
Magic 154-289 .533 2-5 .400 83-99 .838 0.4 2.2 13.5 7.5 20.7
Bird 168-365 .460 11-23 .478 133-154 .864 1.0 1.7 4.6 11.1 25.3











Regular Season Meetings - Magic won 10-7
FG FG% 3P 3P% FT FT% BLK STL AST REB PTS
Magic 121-244 .496 6-19 .316 101-118 .856 0.4 3.0 12.2 7.1 20.5
Bird 158-316 .500 9-19 .474 66-81 .815 0.6 2.0 6.5 11.6 23.0













HBO's "Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals"






February 17, 1985 - Lakers 117, Celtics 111

One of the greatest duels between the two - and best I've found on YouTube.  It was their first game after the epic 1984 Finals and both players brought their best.
Magic: 37 Pts (10-16 FG, 17-19 FT), 13 Asts, 3 Rebs
Bird: 33 Pts (14-22 FG, 4-5 FT), 15 Rebs, 3 Asts
 
 
Season Comparisons
Magic Johnson
Larry Bird
AGE PTS REB AST REC MVP AGE PTS REB AST REC MVP
20
18.0
7.7
7.3
60-22
-
1979-80
23
21.3
10.4
4.5
61-21
4th/ROY
21
21.6
8.6
8.6
54-28
37 gms
1980-81
24
21.2
10.9
5.5
62-20
2nd
22
18.6
9.6
9.5
57-25
8th
1981-82
25
22.9
10.9
5.8
63-19
2nd
23
16.8
8.6
10.5
58-24
3rd
1982-83
26
23.6
11.0
5.8
56-26
2nd
24
17.6
7.3
13.1
54-28
3rd
1983-84
27
24.2
10.1
6.6
62-20
1st
25
18.3
6.2
12.6
62-20
2nd
1984-85
28
28.7
10.5
6.6
63-19
1st
26
18.8
5.9
12.6
62-20
3rd
1985-86
29
25.8
9.8
6.8
67-15
1st
27
23.9
6.3
12.2
65-17
1st
1986-87
30
28.1
9.2
7.6
59-23
3rd
28
19.6
6.2
11.9
62-20
3rd
1987-88
31
29.9
9.3
6.1
57-25
2nd
29
22.5
7.9
12.8
57-25
1st
1988-89
32
19.3
6.2
4.8
42-40
6 gms
30
22.3
6.6
11.5
63-19
1st
1989-90
33
24.3
9.5
7.5
52-30
10th
31
19.4
7.0
12.5
58-24
2nd
1990-91
34
19.4
8.5
7.2
56-26
60 gms






1991-92
35
20.2
9.6
6.8
51-31
45 gms
36
14.6
5.7
6.9
53-29
32 gms
1995-96







19.5
7.2
11.2
5-4 Finals
3 MVPs
Totals

24.3
10.0
6.3
3-2 Finals
3 MVPs
 
 
 
All-Time Teams 
Here are the top 20 players for each franchise based on total Win Shares - regular season plus playoffs. The game totals include playoffs as well. Then I list the Win Shares per 100 total games played. Lastly, the number of All-NBA selections. These are only for games played with the team. An asterisk (*) by the years played means the player spent their entire career with the franchise.
Rankings current through the 2019-20 season.

All-Time Lakers


Player, Years WS G /100 NBA
1
SG
Kobe Bryant, 1997-16*
201.0
1566
12.8
15
2
G
Jerry West, 1961-74*
189.3
1085
17.4
12
3
PG
Magic Johnson, 1980-91, 96*
188.4
1096
17.2
10
4
C
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 1976-89
181.7
1273
14.3
10
5
C
George Mikan, 1949-54, 56*
125.7
509
24.7
6
6
C
Shaquille O'Neal, 1997-04
120.1
636
18.9
8
7
SF
Elgin Baylor, 1959-72*
119.6
980
12.2
10
8
F
James Worthy, 1983-94*
96.0
1069
9.0
2
9
PF
Vern Mikkelsen, 1950-59*
92.6
784
11.8
4
10
SG
Byron Scott, 1984-93, 97
77.1
996
7.7
0
11
C
Wilt Chamberlain, 1969-73
75.7
419
18.1
1
12
PF
Pau Gasol, 2008-14
72.0
522
13.8
3
13
PF
A.C. Green, 1986-93, 00
71.9
861
8.4
0
14
SG
Michael Cooper, 1979-90*
64.0
1041
6.1
0
15
G
Gail Goodrich, 1966-68, 71-76
62.4
760
8.2
1
16
F
Lamar Odom, 2005-11
60.7
608
10.0
0
17
G
Derek Fisher, 1997-04, 08-12
57.4
1108
5.2
0
18
F
Jamaal Wilkes, 1978-85
54.9
648
8.5
0
19
PF
Rudy LaRusso, 1960-67
50.2
659
7.6
0
20
PF
Happy Hairston, 1970-75
48.3
445
10.9
0

SF
LeBron James, 2019-Pres
21.4
143
15.0
2

PF
Anthony Davis, 2020-Pres
15.6
83
18.8
1
All-Time Celtics


Player, Years WS G /100 NBA
1
C
Bill Russell, 1957-69*
191.3
1128
17.0
11
2
SF
Larry Bird, 1980-92*
170.6
1061
16.1
10
3
GF
Paul Pierce, 1999-13
152.9
1238
12.4
4
4
GF
John Havlicek, 1963-78*
151.0
1442
10.5
11
5
C
Robert Parish, 1981-94
137.2
1274
10.8
2
6
PF
Kevin McHale, 1981-93*
133.7
1140
11.7
1
7
SG
Sam Jones, 1958-69*
107.5
1025
10.5
3
8
PG
Bob Cousy, 1951-63
100.1
1026
9.8
12
9
C
Dave Cowens, 1971-80
93.1
815
11.4
3
10
SG
Bill Sharman, 1952-61
90.2
758
11.9
7
11
F
Don Nelson, 1966-76
80.6
1006
8.0
0
12
C
Ed Macauley, 1951-56
78.5
442
17.8
4
13
SF
Cedric Maxwell, 1978-85
74.9
695
10.8
0
14
PF
Tom Heinsohn, 1957-65*
69.1
758
9.1
4
15
F
Tom Sanders, 1961-73*
63.0
1046
6.0
0
16
PF
Kevin Garnett, 2008-13
59.0
480
12.3
1
17
SG
Frank Ramsey, 1955, 57-64*
58.7
721
8.1
0
18
PG
Jo Jo White, 1970-79
58.3
797
7.3
2
19
PG
Rajon Rondo, 2007-15
55.6
619
9.0
1
20
SG
Ray Allen, 2008-12
52.8
449
11.8
0

SF
Jayson Tatum, 2018-Pres*
23.4
270
8.7
1

SG
Jaylen Brown, 2017-Pres*
17.8
340
5.2
0

PG
Kemba Walker, 2020-Pres
7.8
73
10.7
0
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