Alumni: Jerry West
West was drafted second overall in the 1960 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers, shortly before the franchise relocated to Los Angeles. He spent all of his 14 seasons in the purple and gold, and earned the nickname, “Mr. Clutch,” for making big plays in certain situations. West played a key role on the Lakers 1971-72 squad that won an NBA record 33 straight games en route to the championship. He later became head coach for three seasons after his playing career was over, and then served as general manager for the franchise for 20 years. He is credited for building a Lakers dynasty during the 1980s (eight NBA Finals appearances and five titles) and pairing one of the best dynamic duos in Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal that led the club to a “3-peat” in the early 2000s.
- 1969 NBA Finals MVP
- 1972 NBA champion
- NBA scoring champion (1970)
- 14-time NBA All-Star (1960-1974)
- 10-time All-NBA First Team selection (1962-1967, 1970-1973)
- Four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection (1970-1973)
- Ranks second all-time in franchise history in points (25,192) and assists (6,238).
- Los Angeles Lakers #44 jersey retired