Classic Team: 1972 Lakers

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#10 – Los Angeles Lakers
1972 NBA Champions

Number 10 Seed: Western Conference

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The 1972 Lakers come in at the tenth and final position in the West. The Lakers dominated the NBA in the 1971-72 season, winning 69 games in total and setting the record for wins in a row at 33. The Lakers started with a big four of Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich & Elgin Baylor, but the 37-year-old Baylor retired 9 games into the season, sparking the 33 game win streak. In the postseason, the Lakers got their revenge on Kareem’s Bucks, beating them 4 games to 2. In the NBA Finals, they beat the Knicks in 5 to win the NBA Champion that eluded Wilt & West for so long. Wilt Chamberlain took home NBA Finals MVP.


Team Playoff Stats

Playoff Record: 12 wins, 3 losses
Points Per Game: 106.6 | Opponents PPG: 103.4 | Difference: +3.2
Offensive/Defensive Rating Stats Not Available

Full 1972 Lakers Stats available here


The Real MVP

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Wilt Chamberlain: 14.7 ppg, 21.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 56% FG (Finals MVP)

NBA 2K Roster & Ratings

Bold indicates starter

PG – Jerry West (92)
C – Wilt Chamberlain (91)
SG – Gail Goodrich (86)
PF – Happy Hairston (80)
PG – Flynn Robinson (78)
SF – Elgin Baylor (76)
SF – Jim McMillian (75)
SF – John Trapp (72)
SG – Pat Riley (72)
PG – Jim Cleamons (71)
SF – Keith Erickson (70)
C – Leroy Ellis (68)
PF – D. Bon Salle (70)


2K Tournament Results

Play-in Round (Best-of-5)

(9) 1971 Milwaukee Bucks  vs  (10) 1972 Los Angeles Lakers

Results coming on 8/31/17