Lakers’ Forgotten Studs: Sedale Threatt Owned the NBA from 1992-1994

Sedale Threatt was a Stud for the Lakers from 1992-1994, a Time when the Franchise Needed Him the Most

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As a Los Angeles Lakers fan I am all for honoring legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jamaal Wilkes, and Shaquille O'Neal.

But there have been a number of great Lakers over the years who will never have their numbers retired though they deserve recognition - call them the Lakers' Forgotten Studs.

Today's installment: Sedale Threatt

The Lakers in Transition

Sedale Threatt spent five seasons with the Lakers from 1992-1996.

These were transition years for the Lakers as they muddled between the end of Showtime and the beginning of the Shaq-Kobe era.

The Lakers made the playoffs in four of Threatt's five seasons in Los Angeles but only advanced beyond the first round once, in 1995.

But don't blame the Lakers' marginal performance on Sedale Threatt.

Sedale Threatt's Awesome Run Between 1992-1994

The 6'2" Threatt joined the Lakers after eight uninspiring seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and Seattle Supersonics where he averaged 8.6 points, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals, and 48.2% FG.

So what did Threatt do in Los Angeles?

He went nuts, that's what he did.

In his first three seasons with the Lakers (1992-1994) Sedale Threatt put up Top-10 statistics among NBA guards: 14.0 points, 6.1 assists, 1.7 steals, and 49.4% FG.

Threatt was one of only 10 players to average those levels in points, assists, and steals over that three-year period, putting him in a group of players that included John Stockton, Scottie Pippen, Kevin Johnson, Tim Hardaway, and Anfernee Hardaway.

In 1992 Sedale Threatt finished among the Top-10 in the league in both total assists (ninth) and total steals (eighth).

In my opinion, Sedale Threatt was the Lakers' best player from 1992-1994.

The 1993 Playoffs

After finishing the 1993 regular season with a 39-43 (.476) record, the Lakers snuck into the playoffs and faced the 62-20 Phoenix Suns in the first round. The Lakers were heavy underdogs as they went to Phoenix for Game 1.

And it was in Game 1 when Sedale Threatt had his most meaningful game with the Lakers by dropping 35 points on 17-24 shooting, delivering seven assists, and swiping three steals.

Behind Threatt's dominance the Lakers won Game 1 107-103 on the road.

The Lakers ultimately lost the best-of-five series 3-2 to the Suns, but Sedale Threatt's 18.0 points, 8.0 assists, and 2.6 steals in the series helped the Lakers nearly pull off the major upset.

A Stud When the Lakers Needed One

Sedale Threatt's final two years in Los Angeles (1995 and 1996) were not as productive as his first three as he was moved to a reserve role and played just above 20 minutes per game.

But Los Angeles got three solid years out of Sedale Threatt at the time when the Lakers needed him most - after Magic and before Shaq-Kobe.

Sedale Threatt's time in Los Angeles was brief, but for three solid years he was among the NBA's most productive guards.

Yes, Sedale Threatt was a stud, and he should not be forgotten by Lakers fans.

Andrew Sweat is a die-hard Lakers fan. For more from this author, visit Andrew's archive or check these out articles:

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