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James Worthy

3X
NBA Champion
1X
NBA Finals MVP
7X
NBA All-Star
2X
All-NBA
1X
NBA All-Rookie Team

Things to Know


When the pressure is on, so was his game.

James Worthy brought athletic skills and clutch performances to the Los Angeles Lakers during they heyday of the 1980s as a versatile small forward. He is a legendary player in franchise lore and was one of the best players at his position in his era.

Career
Worthy was selected No. 1 overall in 1982 by the freshly minted NBA-champion Lakers due to a trade made two years prior that saw L.A. receive a future Draft pick from Cleveland in exchange for a 1980 selection and reserve forward Don Ford.

He became an instant perfect fit with the "Showtime" Lakers, effortlessly filling the lanes on the fast break and quickly becoming a favorite target of Hall of Fame point guard Earvin "Magic" Johnson. He did not become a full-time starter for the Lakers until his third season. That year (1984-85) saw the Lakers finally vanquish long-time rival Boston in the Finals for the first time in franchise history.

Worthy's smooth athleticism and efficient scoring earned him seven consecutive All-Star appearances with the Lakers, tying him with Shaquille O'Neal for sixth-most such honors in a Lakers uniform.

With the first back-to-back championships since the 1980s at stake, Worthy stepped up in historic fashion in Game 7 of the 1988 Finals. The Lakers superstar amassed 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists, a performance that cemented his nickname of "Big Game James."

After playing his entire career with the Lakers, Worthy's name is a frequent sight on the franchise's all-time leaderboards. He ranks near the top in games played (4th), points (6th), minutes (6th), shots made (5th), offensive rebounds (5th), assists (9th), steals (3rd), and blocks (7th).

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: James Worthy

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: James Worthy

James Worthy: Top 3 Finals moments

James Worthy: Top 3 Finals moments

Stats


17.6
PPG
5.1
RPG
3.0
APG

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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1993-94LAL338020.010.24.310.540.60.41.428.81.31.774.10.61.72.31.90.60.21.21.0
1992-93LAL328228.814.96.213.944.70.41.427.02.12.681.00.92.13.03.41.10.31.71.1
1991-92LAL315439.019.98.318.644.70.20.820.93.13.881.41.83.85.64.71.40.42.41.6
1990-91LAL307838.621.49.218.749.20.31.228.92.73.479.71.43.24.63.51.30.41.61.5
1989-90LAL298037.021.18.916.254.80.20.630.63.14.078.22.04.06.03.61.20.62.02.4
1988-89LAL288136.520.58.715.854.80.00.38.73.14.078.22.14.06.03.61.30.72.22.2
1987-88LAL277535.419.78.215.553.10.00.212.53.24.179.61.73.35.03.91.00.72.12.3
1986-87LAL268234.419.47.914.753.90.00.20.03.64.775.11.93.85.72.81.31.02.02.5
1985-86LAL257532.720.08.414.557.90.00.20.03.24.277.11.83.35.22.71.11.02.02.6
1984-85LAL248033.717.67.613.357.20.00.10.02.43.177.62.14.36.42.51.10.82.52.5
1983-84LAL238229.514.56.010.955.60.00.10.02.43.175.91.94.46.32.50.90.92.23.0
1982-83LAL227725.613.45.810.057.90.00.125.01.82.962.42.03.15.21.71.20.82.32.9
Overall92632.417.67.414.352.10.10.524.12.63.476.91.73.45.13.01.10.72.02.1
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.