Los Angeles Lakers draft history

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Magic Johnson was drafted first overall by the Lakers in 1979.

The Los Angeles Lakers joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the 1948–49 BAA season as the Minneapolis Lakers, but moved to Los Angeles for the 1959–60 NBA season, where they have been located ever since. They play their home games at Crypto.com Arena, which they share with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Clippers.[1] The Minneapolis Lakers took its official name from Minnesota's nickname, Land of 10,000 Lakes.[2] The NBA started as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).

To help the Lakers acquire local players, territorial picks were instituted from its inception in 1950 until 1965. Territorial picks were used as a type of special draft choice used in the NBA Draft. Prior to the league's draft, a team could forfeit its first-round draft pick and select a player from within 50 miles (80 km). Territorial picks were then eliminated when the draft was revamped in 1966.[3] Before the 1989 NBA draft, the draft had more than two rounds. After 1989, the NBA agreed with the National Basketball Players' Association to limit drafts to two rounds.[3] Teams can also trade their picks, so some years a team could have more than or less than two picks.

The Lakers selected Chuck Hanger with their first pick, ninth overall in the 1948 BAA draft. The Lakers got their first overall draft pick in 1958 by choosing Elgin Baylor, who went on to be selected as the only NBA Rookie of the Year to be on the Lakers.[4] The Lakers also drafted Magic Johnson in 1979 with their second first overall pick, who was rated the greatest NBA point guard of all time by ESPN in 2007.[5] The Lakers had no first-round draft picks in 1967, 1976, 1978, 1980, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Lakers had no first or second-round draft picks from 1983, 1987, and 2001. Throughout the years, the Lakers had traded away some of their picks as well as traded for other teams' picks. As a result of the various trades, the Los Angeles Lakers had five first and second-round picks in 1979. In 1996, GM Jerry West orchestrated a draft day trade in which a High School Kobe Bryant was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac. This same year, Jerry West had acquired a FA Shaquille O’Neal in a blockbuster signing.

Key[edit]

Abbreviation Meaning Abbreviation Meaning
T Territorial pick G Guard
PG Point guard SG Shooting guard
F Forward SF Small forward
PF Power forward C Center
* Hall of Famer (#) Retired Lakers' Number
§ NBA All-star First Overall NBA Draft Pick

Selections[edit]

Year Round Pick Player Nationality Position From
1948-11948 1 9 Chuck Hanger  United States F California
1949-T1949 0T Vern Mikkelsen*  United States F/C Hamline
1950-11950 1 10 Kevin O'Shea  United States G Notre Dame
1951-T1951 0T Whitey Skoog  United States G Minnesota
2 19 Lew Hitch  United States F/C Kansas State
1952-11952 1 9 Clyde Lovellette*  United States C/F Kansas
1953-11953 1 7 Jim Fritsche  United States F/C[6] Hamline
1954-11954 1 9 Ed Kalafat  United States C/F Minnesota
2 18 Al Bianchi  United States G Bowling Green State
1955-T1955 0T Dick Garmaker  United States G/F Minnesota
2 12 Chuck Mencel  United States F/G Minnesota
1956-11956 1 3 Jim Paxson Sr.  United States F/G Dayton
1957-11957 1 3 Jim Krebs  United States C/F Southern Methodist
2 11 Harv Schmidt  United States F[7] Illinois
1958-11958 1 1 Elgin Baylor*§ (22)  United States F Seattle
1959-11959 1 3 Tom Hawkins  United States F Notre Dame
2 8 Steve Hamilton  United States F/C Morehead State
2 10 Rudy LaRusso§  United States F/C Dartmouth
1960-11960 1 2 Jerry West* (44)  United States G West Virginia
1961-11961 1 5 Wayne Yates  United States C[8] Memphis State
2 13 Fred Sawyer  United States C[9] Louisville
1962-11962 1 6 LeRoy Ellis  United States C St. John's
2 15 Gene Wiley  United States C[10] Wichita
1963-11963 1 7 Roger Strickland  United States F[11] Jacksonville
2 13 Jim King (from Cincinnati)[a]  United States G Tulsa
2 16 Mel Gibson  United States G Western Carolina
1964-T1964 0T Mahdi Abdul-Rahman  United States G UCLA
2 12 Cotton Nash  United States F Kentucky
1965-T1965 0T Gail Goodrich* §(25)  United States G UCLA
2 16 John Fairchild  United States F[12] Brigham Young
1966-11966 1 7 Jerry Chambers  United States F Utah
2 17 Hank Finkel  United States C Dayton
1967-11967 2 16 Randolph Mahaffey  United States F Clemson
1968-11968 1 11 Bill Hewitt  United States F USC
1969-11969 1 12 Willie McCarter  United States G Drake
1 15 Rick Roberson  United States C/PF Cincinnati
2 27 Dick Garrett  United States G Southern Illinois
1970-11970 1 13 Jim McMillian  United States F Columbia
2 30 Earnie Killum  United States G[13] Stetson
1971-11971 1 13 Jim Cleamons  United States G Ohio State
1972-11972 1 13 Travis Grant  United States F Kentucky State
2 16 Jim Price (from Cleveland)[b]  United States G Louisville
2 22 Paul Stovall (from Baltimore)[c]  United States F Arizona State
1973-11973 1 5 Kermit Washington§ (from Cleveland)[d]  United States C/PF American
2 23 Billy Schaeffer  United States F[14] St. John's
2 31 Jim Chones (from Baltimore)[e]  United States C/PF Marquette
2 34 Pete Perry  United States C[15] Pan American
1974-11974 1 12 Brian Winters§  United States SG/SF South Carolina
2 21 Billy Knight§  United States G/F Pittsburgh
1975-11975 1 2 David Meyers  United States PF/C UCLA
1 8 Junior Bridgeman  United States SF/SG Louisville
1976-21976 2 21 Earl Tatum (from Phoenix)[f]  United States G/F Marquette
1977-11977 1 6 Kenny Carr  United States F North Carolina State
1 15 Brad Davis (from San Antonio)[g]  United States G Maryland
1 22 Norm Nixon§  United States PG Duquesne
1978-21978 2 26 Ron Carter  United States G VMI
2 38 Lew Massey (from Kansas City)[h]  United States SG[16] UNC Charlotte
1979-11979 1 1 Earvin Johnson* §(32)  United States PG Michigan State
1 14 Brad Holland  United States G UCLA
2 25 Oliver Mack  United States SG East Carolina
2 39 Victor King (from Denver)[i]  United States PF[17] Louisiana Tech
2 41 Mark Young (from Buffalo)[j]  United States PF[18] Fairfield
1980-21980 2 31 Wayne Robinson (from Cleveland)[k]  United States F Virginia Tech
2 37 Butch Carter (from Denver)[i]  United States G Indiana
1981-11981 1 19 Mike McGee  United States SG/SF Michigan
2 39 Harvey Knuckles (from Cleveland)[k]  United States SF[19] Toledo
2 42 Elvis Rolle  United States C/PF[20] Florida State
1982-11982 1 1 James Worthy*§ (42) (from Cleveland)[l]  United States SF North Carolina
1984-11984 1 23 Earl Jones  United States C District of Columbia
1985-11985 1 23 A.C. Green§  United States PF/C Oregon State
1986-11986 1 23 Ken Barlow  United States F Notre Dame
1988 1 25 David Rivers  United States PG Notre Dame
1989 1 26 Vlade Divac§  Yugoslavia (now  Serbia) C KK Partizan (Yugoslavia)
1990 1 27 Elden Campbell  United States PF/C Clemson
2 51 Tony Smith (from San Antonio)[m]  United States G Marquette
1991 2 52 Anthony Jones  United States SG Oral Roberts
1992 1 15 Anthony Peeler  United States SG Missouri
2 36 Duane Cooper  United States G USC
1993 1 12 George Lynch  United States PF North Carolina
2 37 Nick Van Exel§  United States PG Cincinnati
1994 1 10 Eddie Jones§  United States SG Temple
1995 2 37 Frankie King  United States PG Western Carolina
1996 1 24 Derek Fisher  United States PG Arkansas–Little Rock
1997 2 51 DeJuan Wheat  United States PG Louisville
2 54 Paul Rogers (from New York)[n]  Australia C Gonzaga
1998 1 26 Sam Jacobson  United States SG/SF Minnesota
2 31 Ruben Patterson (from Vancouver)[o]  United States SF Cincinnati
2 45 Toby Bailey (traded to Phoenix)[p]  United States SG UCLA
1999 1 23 Devean George  United States SF Augsburg
2 30 John Celestand (from Vancouver)[o]  United States SG Villanova
2000 1 29 Mark Madsen  United States PF/C Stanford
2002 1 27 Chris Jefferies (traded to Toronto)[q]  United States SF Fresno State
2003 1 24 Brian Cook  United States PF Illinois
2 32 Luke Walton  United States SF Arizona
2004 1 27 Sasha Vujačić  Slovenia G Pallalcesto Amatori Udine (Italy)
2 56 Marcus Douthit  United States PF/C Providence
2005 1 10 Andrew Bynum§  United States C St. Joseph HS (New Jersey)
2 37 Ronny Turiaf (from New York via Atlanta and Charlotte)[r]  France PF/C Gonzaga
2 39 Von Wafer  United States G Florida State
2006 1 26 Jordan Farmar (from Miami)[s]  United States PG UCLA
2 51 Cheikh Samb (traded to Detroit)[t]  Senegal C WTC Cornellà (Spain, 2nd division)
2007 1 19 Javaris Crittenton  United States PG Georgia Tech
2 40 Sun Yue (from Charlotte)[u]  China PG Beijing Olympians (ABA)
2 48 Marc Gasol§  Spain C Akasvayu Girona (Liga Española de Baloncesto)
2008 2 58 Joe Crawford  United States SG Kentucky
2009 1 29 Toney Douglas (traded to New York)[v]  United States G Florida State
2 42 Patrick Beverley (from Charlotte; traded to Miami)[r][w]  United States G Arkansas
2 59 Chinemelu Elonu  United States PF/C Texas A&M
2010 2 43 Devin Ebanks (from Memphis)[x]  United States F West Virginia
2 58 Derrick Caracter  United States PF/C UTEP
2011 2 41 Darius Morris (from Golden State Warriors via New Jersey Nets)[y]  United States PG Michigan (So.)
2 46 Andrew Goudelock (from New York Knicks)[v]  United States SG College of Charleston (Sr.)
2 56 Chukwudiebere Maduabum (traded to Denver Nuggets)[z]  Nigeria SF Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
2 58 Ater Majok (from Miami Heat)[w]  Australia C Gold Coast Blaze (Australia)
2012 2 60 Robert Sacre (from Chicago via Milwaukee and Brooklyn)  Canada C Gonzaga (Sr.)
2013 2 48 Ryan Kelly  United States PF Duke (Sr.)
2014 1 7 Julius Randle§  United States PF Kentucky
2015 1 2 D'Angelo Russell§  United States PG Ohio State
1 27 Larry Nance Jr.  United States PF Wyoming
2 34 Anthony Brown  United States SF Stanford
2016 1 2 Brandon Ingram§  United States SF Duke (Fr.)
2 32 Ivica Zubac  Croatia C Mega Leks (Serbia)
2017 1 2 Lonzo Ball  United States PG UCLA
1 28 Tony Bradley (traded to Utah)  United States C Utah
2018 1 25 Moritz Wagner (from Cleveland via Portland and Cleveland)  Germany PF Michigan
2 39 Isaac Bonga (from New York via Philadelphia)  Germany PG Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany)
2 47 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (from Denver via Utah and Chicago)  Ukraine SG Kansas
2019 1 4 De'Andre Hunter (traded to Atlanta)  United States SF Virginia (So.)
2 46 Talen Horton-Tucker (from Orlando via Brooklyn, Charlotte and Memphis)  United States SF Iowa State (Fr.)
2020 1 28 Jaden McDaniels (traded to Minnesota via Oklahoma City)  United States SF Washington (Fr.)
2021 1 22 Isaiah Jackson (traded to Indiana)  United States C/PF Kentucky (Fr.)
2023 1 17 Jalen Hood-Schifino  United States PG/SG Indiana

Footnotes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  • "Lakers: Lakers Retired Numbers". NBA.com. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
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