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The All (Current) Roster Numbers Team

11/14/2010

One fun part about sports, and having a dedicated space like this one, is the ability to follow through on somewhat random, totally insignificant thoughts/bits of trivia on any given night, just 'cause.

I always have fun looking through the Lakers uniform number register at Basketball Reference, if only for some of the random names you'll find and to once again confirm D.J. Mbenga is unquestionably the best Laker to ever wear 28. Tonight, I wondered what the best team the Lakers could assemble using only the numbers of guys currently on the roster.

Or, if you prefer, "The All 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 24, 45, 50 Team."

2

Kenny Carr 1978-1979

Rory Sparrow 1992-1992

Anthony Miller 1995-1996

Derek Fisher 1997-2011

Aaron McKie 2006-2007

This one's easy. No disrespect to Pig Miller, but Fish has this one wrapped up. Though without McKie, the Lakers may never get Pau Gasol, a far more significant contribution than the 29 points he scored in purple and gold.

3

Elmore Smith 1974-1975

Jeff Lamp 1988-1989

Jay Vincent 1990-1990

Sedale Threatt 1992-1996

Devean George 2000-2006

Shammond Williams 2007-2007

Trevor Ariza 2008-2009

Devin Ebanks 2011-2011

Not the strongest number in LAL history. George won some hardware, but barely played in those playoff runs. Threatt was actually a pretty productive player, but during a particularly unproductive time for the franchise. That leaves Ariza, who went to a Finals, won a ring, and might still be here if not for some lousy work from his agent.

4

Joe Hutton 1952-1952

Adrian Dantley 1978-1979

Byron Scott 1984-1997

Frankie King 1996-1996

Ron Harper 2000-2001

Luke Walton 2004-2011

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Byron Scott: Great shooter, key cog in the Showtime dynasty, best #4 in team history.

Only one of these guys has a faction of fans who want his number retired at Staples. And it isn't Frankie King. Easy call for B. Scott.

5

Dick Barnett 1963-1965

Jim McMillian 1971-1973

Tom Abernethy 1977-1978

Jim Price 1979-1979

Eddie Jordan 1982-1982

Duane Cooper 1993-1993

Robert Horry 1997-2003

Ime Udoka 2004-2004

Tierre Brown 2005-2005

Jordan Farmar 2007-2009

Steve Blake 2011-2011

Horry. Or if you prefer, Horry.

7

Marty Byrnes 1980-1980

Kenny Carr 1980-1980

Demetrius Calip 1992-1992

Trevor Wilson 1994-1994

Lester Conner 1995-1995

Derek Strong 1996-1996

Sam Jacobson 1999-2000

Isaiah Rider 2001-2001

Brian Cook 2004-2004

Lamar Odom 2005-2011

Odom in a walk, if only because he rescued #7- at one point merely nondescript- from a serious downward spiral. Jacobson? One of The Logo's worst draft picks. Rider? Yikes. Cook? He'd go on to do a little damage to 43 before being shipped off to Orlando in the Ariza deal. In addition to winning a pair of rings, Odom has provided some much-needed juice to what's supposed to be a lucky number.

9

Jim Chones 1980-1981

Nick Van Exel 1994-1998

Bryon Russell 2004-2004

Chucky Atkins 2005-2005

Laron Profit 2006-2006

Sun Yue 2009-2009

Matt Barnes 2011-2011

Barnes has a chance to make an impact, but he'll have some work to do catching Nick the Quick, who is, statistically speaking at least, among the more productive PG's the Lakers have had. Playing only five seasons in L.A., Van Exel is 10th on the franchise list for assists, 24th in points.

12

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

Vlade Divac is easily the strongest in a large but fairly random batch of 12's.

Don Smith 1949-1949

Gene Stump 1950-1950

Ed Beach 1951-1951

Howie Schultz 1952-1952

Jim Holstein 1953-1955

Boo Ellis 1959-1959

Gene Wiley 1963-1966

Freddie Crawford 1968-1969

Pat Riley 1971-1976

Don Chaney 1977-1978

Ronnie Lester 1985-1986

Vlade Divac 1990-2005

Jerome Kersey 1997-1997

Derek Harper 1999-1999

Mike Penberthy 2001-2002

Jannero Pargo 2003-2004

Shannon Brown 2009-2011

Vlade in a walk, but apparently 12 was a good one for guys who want to get hired by the organization one day (Riley, Lester). Or, failing that, the Clippers (Chaney). And who among us doesn't have a soft spot for Penberthy, easily the best player Masters College has ever sent to L.A.? Who thrived until opposing teams decided to guard the dude who looked like he'd just stepped out of the crowd?

15

Don Carlson 1949-1950

Kevin O'Shea 1951-1951

Joe Hutton 1952-1952

Howie Schultz 1953-1953

Dick Schnittker 1954-1958

Mel Gibson 1964-1964

Bob Boozer 1966-1966

Hank Finkel 1967-1967

Willie McCarter 1970-1971

Jim Price 1973-1975

Ron Williams 1976-1976

John Roche 1976-1976

Ernie DiGregorio 1978-1978

Ron Carter 1979-1979

Butch Lee 1980-1980

Eddie Jordan 1981-1984

Tony Bobbitt 2005-2005

Ron Artest 2011-2011

Here's a fairly random collection of players. Schnittker was a pretty good player back in the old-timey days, and his name makes me giggle. Gibson did outstanding work in Braveheart, but has since gone off the deep end. Price had one productive season in Los Angeles before heading to Milwaukee. Artest is the best player on the list, but he's been a 15 for nine games. Not enough to unseat Schnittker.

16

Johnny Jorgensen 1949-1949

Bob Harrison 1950-1954

Dick Garmaker 1956-1960

Nick Mantis 1960-1960

John Salley 2000-2000

Pau Gasol 2008-2011

Gasol is the best PF in team history, and a future HOF'er. He'd "win" a lot of numbers, let alone one thin as this.

17

Jim Pollard 1949-1955

Ron Sobie 1960-1960

Rick Fox 1998-2004

Andrew Bynum 2006-2010

This deep into his career, I'm sure a lot of people hoped it would be Bynum. Fox was a key cog in three title teams, but Pollard is in the Hall of Fame. Hard to beat that.

18

Arnie Ferrin 1949-1951

Ray Ellefson 1949-1949

Pep Saul 1952-1954

Don Sunderlage 1955-1955

Bob Carney 1955-1955

Chuck Mencel 1956-1957

Kurt Rambis 1994-1995

Sasha Vujacic 2005-2011

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Hall of Fame status makes Jim Pollard the dean of 17's.

He probably won't be around too much longer, but at least Sasha can move to his next team knowing he was the best to ever wear 18. (Rambis wore 31 for the productive part of his time with the Lakers, donning 18 for his final two seasons after returning to Los Angeles, when he played only 76 games combined and averaged about 2.7 points and around the same number of boards.)

24

Dick Schnittker 1954-1954

Walter Dukes 1957-1957

Bobby Smith 1960-1960

Gary Alcorn 1961-1961

Ron Horn 1963-1963

John Wetzel 1968-1968

Keith Erickson 1969-1973

Kermit Washington 1974-1978

Ron Boone 1979-1980

Butch Carter 1981-1981

Adrian Branch 1987-1987

Steve Bucknall 1990-1990

Lloyd Daniels 1995-1995

Fred Roberts 1996-1996

George McCloud 1997-1997

Shea Seals 1998-1998

Jim Jackson 2006-2006

Kobe Bryant 2007-2011

Take every other player on the list, combine their numbers, then multiply by five, and Kobe still wins.

45

A.C. Green 1986-2000

Sean Rooks 1997-1999

Derrick Caracter 2011-2011

Green. Best career, best hair, too.

50

Ed Fleming 1958-1960

Bob Burrow 1958-1958

Steve Mix 1983-1983

Theo Ratliff 2011-2011

Fleming gets the nod on tenure. But if Ratliff wins a ring, he'll OWN 50.