1987–88 Los Angeles Lakers season

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1987–88 Los Angeles Lakers season
Eleventh NBA Championship
Head coach Pat Riley
Owner(s) Jerry Buss
Arena The Forum
Results
Record 62–20 (.756)
Place Division: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Prime Ticket, KHJ
Radio AM 570 KLAC
< 1986–87 1988–89 >
A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals at The Forum.

The 1987–88 season saw the Lakers win their eleventh NBA championship, defeating the Detroit Pistons in a seven-game final to become the NBA's first repeat champions since the Boston Celtics did it in the 1968–69 NBA season. In doing so, the Lakers made good on Pat Riley's famous promise to repeat as champions. “I will guarantee you,” Riley said after the Lakers' 1987 championship win, “we're gonna repeat.”[1]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
3 69 Willie Glass Forward  United States St. John's
4 92 Ralph Tally Point Guard  United States Norfolk State
6 115 Kenny Travis  United States New Mexico State
6 138 Frank Ford Guard-Forward  United States Auburn University
7 161 Ron Vanderschaaf  Netherlands Central Washington University

Roster[edit]

Los Angeles Lakers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
C 33 United States Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem (C) 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 225 lb (102 kg) UCLA
G/F 19 United States Campbell, Tony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Ohio State
G/F 21 United States Cooper, Michael 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) New Mexico
F/C 45 United States Green, A.C. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oregon State
G 32 United States Johnson, Magic 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Michigan State
G/F 3 United States Lamp, Jeff 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Virginia
G 1 United States Matthews, Wes 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) University of Wisconsin
F 31 United States Rambis, Kurt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 213 lb (97 kg) Santa Clara University
G 4 United States Scott, Byron 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Arizona State
C 52 Canada Smrek, Mike 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Canisius College
F 55 United States Thompson, Billy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Louisville
F/C 43 The Bahamas Thompson, Mychal 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 226 lb (103 kg) University of Minnesota
F 34 United States Tolbert, Ray 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Indiana
G 20 United States Wagner, Milt 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Louisville
F 42 United States Worthy, James 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • United States Gary Vitti (Southern Connecticut State)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Mychal Thompson Mike Smrek
PF A. C. Green Kurt Rambis
SF James Worthy Tony Campbell Billy Thompson
SG Byron Scott Michael Cooper Milt Wagner Jeff Lamp
PG Magic Johnson Wes Matthews

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Los Angeles Lakers 62 20 .756
2 y-Denver Nuggets 54 28 .659 8
3 x-Dallas Mavericks 53 29 .646 9
4 x-Portland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 9
5 x-Utah Jazz 47 35 .573 15
6 x-Houston Rockets 46 36 .561 16
7 x-Seattle SuperSonics 44 38 .537 18
8 x-San Antonio Spurs 31 51 .378 31
9 Phoenix Suns 28 54 .341 34
10 Sacramento Kings 24 58 .293 38
11 Golden State Warriors 20 62 .244 42
12 Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 45
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks.

West First Round[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) San Antonio Spurs: Lakers win series 3–0

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (April 29): Los Angeles 122, San Antonio 110
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 1): Los Angeles 130, San Antonio 112
  • Game 3 @ HemisFair Arena, San Antonio (May 3): Los Angeles 109, San Antonio 107

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3–0)

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Utah Jazz: Lakers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 8): Los Angeles 110, Utah 91
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 10): Utah 101, Los Angeles 97
  • Game 3 @ Salt Palace, Salt Lake City (May 13): Utah 96, Los Angeles 89
  • Game 4 @ Salt Palace, Salt Lake City (May 15): Los Angeles 113, Utah 100
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 17): Los Angeles 111, Utah 109
  • Game 6 @ Salt Palace, Salt Lake City (May 19): Utah 108, Los Angeles 80
  • Game 7 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 21): Los Angeles 109, Utah 98

Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff series)

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Dallas Mavericks: Lakers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 23): Los Angeles 113, Dallas 98
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 25): Los Angeles 123, Dallas 101
  • Game 3 @ Reunion Arena, Dallas (May 27): Dallas 106, Los Angeles 94
  • Game 4 @ Reunion Arena, Dallas (May 29): Dallas 118, Los Angeles 104
  • Game 5 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (May 31): Los Angeles 119, Dallas 102
  • Game 6 @ Reunion Arena, Dallas (June 2): Dallas 105, Los Angeles 103
  • Game 7 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 4): Los Angeles 117, Dallas 102

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Western Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles won 4–2)

NBA Finals[edit]

Main article: 1988 NBA Finals

(W1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (E2) Detroit Pistons: Lakers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 7): Detroit 105, Los Angeles 93
  • Game 2 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 9): Los Angeles 108, Detroit 96
  • Game 3 @ Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (June 12): Los Angeles 99, Detroit 86
  • Game 4 @ Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (June 14): Detroit 111, Los Angeles 86
  • Game 5 @ Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (June 16): Detroit 104, Los Angeles 94
  • Game 6 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 19): Los Angeles 103, Detroit 102
  • Game 7 @ The Forum, Los Angeles (June 21): Los Angeles 108, Detroit 105

Last Playoff Meeting: 1962 Western Division Finals (Los Angeles won 4–3)

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 80 80 28.9 .532 .000 .762 6.0 1.7 0.6 1.2 14.6
Tony Campbell 13 1 18.6 .564 .333 .718 2.1 1.1 0.8 0.2 11.0
Michael Cooper 61 8 19.4 .392 .320 .858 3.7 4.7 1.1 0.4 8.7
A.C. Green 82 64 32.1 .503 .000 .773 8.7 1.1 1.1 0.5 11.4
Magic Johnson 72 70 36.6 .492 .196 .853 6.2 11.9 1.6 0.2 19.6
Jeff Lamp 3 0 2.3 .000 .000 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7
Wes Matthews 51 8 13.8 .460 .233 .831 1.3 2.7 0.5 0.1 5.7
Kurt Rambis 70 20 12.1 .548 .000 .785 3.8 0.8 0.6 0.2 4.0
Byron Scott 81 81 37.6 .527 .346 .858 4.1 4.1 1.9 0.3 21.7
Mike Smrek 48 2 8.8 .427 .000 .667 1.8 0.2 0.1 0.9 2.8
Billy Thompson 9 0 4.2 .231 .000 .800 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 1.6
Mychal Thompson 80 0 25.1 .512 .000 .634 6.1 0.8 0.5 1.0 11.6
Ray Tolbert 14 0 5.9 .571 .000 .769 0.7 1.5 0.2 0.2 3.0
James Worthy 75 72 35.4 .531 .125 .796 5.0 3.9 1.0 0.7 19.7

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 24 24 29.9 .464 .000 .789 5.5 1.5 0.6 1.5 14.1
Tony Campbell 15 0 6.3 .429 .000 .688 0.7 0.3 0.2 0.0 3.1
Michael Cooper 24 24.5 .412 .403 .741 2.4 2.7 0.8 0.3 6.4
A.C. Green 24 30.3 .544 .000 .753 7.3 0.8 0.1 0.5 10.1
Magic Johnson 24 24 40.2 .514 .500 .852 5.4 12.6 1.4 0.1 19.9
Wes Matthews 10 0 2.7 .400 .000 .800 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.0 1.2
Kurt Rambis 19 9.8 .618 .000 .692 2.7 0.4 0.2 0.1 2.7
Byron Scott 24 24 37.4 .499 .436 .865 4.2 2.5 1.4 0.2 19.6
Mike Smrek 8 0 4.3 .200 .000 .333 0.8 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.4
Mychal Thompson 24 25.6 .513 .000 .581 7.1 0.5 0.7 0.8 9.7
James Worthy 24 24 37.3 .523 .111 .758 5.8 4.4 1.3 0.8 21.1

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

All-Star[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Free Agents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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