1) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(1975-1989) C, 7ft2, 225lb
5x NBA champion (1980, ’82’, ’85, ’87, ’88)
1x NBA Finals MVP (1985)
3x NBA MVP (’76, ’77, ’80)
14x NBA All-Star
4x NBA blocks leader
1x NBA rebounding champion
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is known for his infamous skyhook shot. He didn’t have the physical presence of Shaq, or the flashy passes like Magic, nor did he have the athleticism of prime-Kobe, but he is the greatest Laker of all time, as well as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
Kareem’s achievements – as well as his contributions – are often overlooked by many people, but he played a key part in every single championship title that he won with the Lakers.
Although it took many years for him to finally get a statue outside Staples Center (unlike like Magic) he was seen as ”unguardable” during the 70’s, as he was dominant in his own way. He also won 2 NBA championships as an assistant coach with the Lakers during 2009 and 2010. Some may disagree with me, but in my opinion, Kareem is the greatest Laker of all-time.
*The NBA championships, and other achievements, represent the player when they played for the Lakers, some may have played and won with other teams, nevertheless I haven’t included it, as it doesn’t help nor take away from their achievements with the Lakers.
This was an article by Amina Adan. You can follow her on Twitter here: @CountOnMina
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