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Top 15 Worst Players in Los Angeles Lakers History

“Showtime,” throughout the 1980s, was the term coined to most aptly describe the flash that was the playing style of the Los Angeles Lakers. With a run and gun style offence that redefined the fast break, it was a Laker era that (along with a strong Boston Celtic team in the East), revitalized the National Basketball Association. It was undoubtedly a Laker dynasty whose sole focus rested on two mantras: winning and the team. Conversely, in the present age of huge contracts and a stat-driven NBA culture that seemingly focuses on the individual, the notion of winning for and as a team now appear as archaic philosophical concepts, yet that is, by and large, where the NBA finds itself.

Where would Kobe Bryant fit on a Laker team that had Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Scott, and A.C Green – and Cooper coming off the bench? The short answer is you could plug him anywhere, it’s Kobe, he’s awesome, and simply a better baller than some of the aforementioned, but that’s not really the point. Ability and numbers aside, Kobe, Mello, Howard, etc., etc., all represent a very different type of NBA player, with a different mindset and a very different definition of success.

The end of that Laker dynasty, and the Magic Johnson/Larry Bird swan song that was the 1992 Dream Team, marked a significant change in what it means to be a player in the NBA and what it means to be a Los Angeles Laker. The following are the Top 15 Worst Players in Los Angeles Lakers History.

15 Dwight Howard

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14 Steve Nash

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13 Gary Payton

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12 Karl Malone 

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11 Ron Artest

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10 Sam Bowie

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9 Henry Parker

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8 Luke Walton

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7 Isaiah Rider

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6 Kwame Brown

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5 Dennis Rodman

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4 Spencer Haywood

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3 Chuck Nevitt

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2 Wes Matthews

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1 J.R Reid

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Before becoming a Laker, back in 1996, J.R. Reid was fined $10,000 and suspended for two games by the NBA for elbowing Laker great A.C. Green. The incident also resulted in A.C. losing a couple of chicklets. Reid eventually came to the Lakers for one season in 1998-1999, underperformed (5 PPG and 4 RPG), and was gone the following year. Any wrong done to Magic, Kareem, Scott, Worthy, A.C., or Cooper, makes you the Worst Player in Los Angeles Lakers History.

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