The Greatest Lakers of All-Time: A Summary – Part 1

Number 13 – Byron Scott

Byron Scott Lakers
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Byron Scott would face defeat in the first round of voting as he lost out to Jerry West with 91.9% of the vote.

The highlight we settled on for Scott’s recap is a pair of monster dunks against the Golden State Warriors in the 86-’87 season.

Here is an excerpt from ‘The Greatest Lakers of All-Time: Byron Scott‘:

It’s the first half and the Warriors are in the half-court offence. Chris Mullin has the ball on the right-wing, completely blanketed by Michael Cooper’s defence he attempts to pass the ball out to Sleepy Floyd in the right corner. Seeing the pass before its completed, Scott throws his hand into the passing lane and intercepts the ball.

Knocking the ball the other way, Scott chases it down and drives on the fastbreak. In hope of stopping him, Short begins his pursuit. As they cross half court, Scott glances across at his trailing opponent as if to say ‘meet me at the rim bud!’. Scott crosses the 3-point line and gathers the ball, he leaps towards the rim. Short gets there, arm outstretched he jumps but not in time. As he swipes for the ball, Scott powers through the contact and the foul, finishing on Short’s head.

To read on, make sure to go and check out the original article.

Scott was acquired with the 4th pick in the 1983 NBA Draft, by the San Diego Clippers, before being traded to the Lakers. He grew up in Inglewood, playing at Morningside High School, in the shadow of the building he would later make his name in, The Forum.

Scott became an All-Rookie player and a 3-time NBA Champion with his hometown team, truly earning his place on this list as a Laker great.

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