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Top five point guards in Los Angeles Lakers history
Qualifiers: the Los Angeles Lakers have more than 60 years of history dating back to their days in Minneapolis, so players should have at least three seasons with the team. Also, players will be classified under one position even if they played at more than one. For example, while Elgin Baylor could qualify as a small forward or a power forward, he will appear on only one list.
Legendary Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson was the face of the franchise and one-half of the NBA's greatest rivalry in the 1980s. As a centerpiece of the Lakers in one of their most successful eras, Magic won three NBA MVP awards, three Finals MVPs and five championships with the team. He owns the NBA's all-time record for assists per game and he remains one of only four players with 10,000 total assists. He averaged a double-double nine straight times and went to a dozen All-Star Games.
Norm Nixon was a two-time All-Star guard who first preceded Magic, then shared a backcourt with him during a six-season run with the Lakers from 1977 to 1983. A late first round pick in 1977, Nixon immediately exceeded expectations and broke out as one of the top rookies of 1977-78. He helped the Lakers win two titles in 1980 and 1982 while maintaining overall averages of 16.4 points, 7.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Nixon finished his career with the Los Angeles Clippers in 1989 with 6,386 assists, the 24th highest career total in NBA history.
Hall of Famer Slater Martin was a great two-way player for the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1950s. Martin went to seven consecutive All-Star Games with the Lakers and the St. Louis Hawks from 1953 to 1959. In 11 seasons, he won four NBA Championships with the Lakers and a fifth with the Hawks. Martin averaged 9.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game with the Lakers and he was the team's all-time assist leader until Elgin Baylor passed him in 1965.
Current Lakers point guard Derek Fisher has spent the last 15 years as one of the NBA's most successful role players of all-time. Fisher is one of only six players to appear in 200 playoff games and he ranks sixth all-time with 231 three-pointers in the playoffs. He was the starting point guard for each of the last five Lakers titles. Through 1,110 regular season games, Fisher's career totals include 9,763 points, 3,470 assists, 1,212 steals and 1,095 threes
Nick Van Exel:
The last Lakers point guard to earn an All-Star selection, Nick Van Exel won the Lakers' starting point guard job in 1993 and held it for the next five seasons. It didn't take long for Van Exel to emerge as one of the NBA's best second round picks. He earned All-Rookie honors in 1994 and averaged 14.9 points and 7.3 assists over 378 games with the Lakers. The speedy lefty set a since-broken Lakers record with 750 three-point baskets and his career total of 1,528 threes is good for 14th all-time.
Los Angeles Lakers Franchise Index, Basketball-Reference.com
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