Ranking the Greatest Laker Duos in History
Fred Brisker is a passionate photographer and a huge sports fan. Before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, he would normally follow the NBA, especially his favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers. During the suspension of the league, Fred Brisker has written a few entertaining thoughts on the Lakers franchise, which he shares with everyone everywhere.
In today’s blog, Fred Brisker counts down the five greatest Laker duos in franchise history.
5. Lebron James and Anthony Davis
While the duo of Lebron and AD has enormous potential and could very well be higher on this list, for now, they sit at number five. Separately, these are two of the best players in the world today. Together, they make quite a pair. If it’s any sign of things to come, these two have led the Lakers to the best West record in the Bubble Season and look to be the favorites to win the 2020 NBA title.
4. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol
After being beaten by the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant knew they had to get revenge on way or another. The following year, he and Spanish standout center Pau Gasol led the team to the NBA title, beating the Boston Celtics in seven games of an incredibly grueling series. But that wasn’t the end of it. The following year, the duo came back to rule the league and once again capture the title; this time against the Orlando Magic.
3. Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain
Before Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain finally captured the title in 1972, it was incredibly frustrating for the Lakers. They would go on to dominate the season and the playoffs, but fall towards the end, most of the time in the Finals. But when they did win it all, they did so at the expense of another big-market team in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks. Riding on the strength of their MVP, the mighty Wilt Chamberlain and the leadership of mercurial guard, the Logo Jerry West, there was no denying their claim to the throne.
2. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal
The core of the Lakers’ three-peat championship team in the early 2000s, this was the team that dominated from start to finish. Shaq was an unstoppable monster in the paint, while Kobe was already beginning to show signs of being a future legend. It also helped that they had incredible role players at the time.
1. Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
From the end of the ‘70s all throughout a huge part of the ‘80s, the Showtime Lakers ruled the league unlike any other team before. Their brand of basketball was a spectacle to watch. Their heart and soul were two of the greatest players to ever play the game – Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.