1969–70 Los Angeles Lakers season

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1969–70 Los Angeles Lakers season
Division Champions
Head coach Joe Mullaney
Arena The Forum
Results
Record 46–36 (.561)
Place Division: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(Lost to Knicks 3–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 1968–69 1970–71 >

The 1969-70 NBA season was the Lakers' 22nd season in the NBA and tenth season in Los Angeles.[1]

Offseason[edit]

After the tumultuous previous two seasons under the fiery head coach Butch Van Breda Kolff, the Lakers replaced him with the low key Joe Mullaney.[citation needed]

Draft picks[edit]

  • 1st round, 12th pick – Willie McCarter, G, Drake University
  • 1st round, 15th pick – Rick Roberson, C, University of Cincinnati
  • 2nd round, 27th pick – Dick Garrett, G, Southern Illinois University

Roster[edit]

1969–70 Los Angeles Lakers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 22 Baylor, Elgin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1934-09-16 Seattle
C 13 Chamberlain, Wilt 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1936-08-21 Kansas
C 31 Counts, Mel 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1941-10-16 Oregon State
PG 21 Egan, Johnny 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1939-01-31 Providence
F 24 Erickson, Keith 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1944-04-19 UCLA
SG 20 Garrett, Dick 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1947-01-31 Southern Illinois
F 52 Hairston, Happy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1942-05-31 New York
SF 33 Lynn, Mike 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1945-11-25 UCLA
SG 15 McCarter, Willie 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1946-07-26 Drake
C 35 Roberson, Rick 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 231 lb (105 kg) 1947-07-07 Cincinnati
PF 14 Tresvant, John 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1939-11-06 Seattle
G 44 West, Jerry 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1938-05-28 West Virginia
Head coach

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

Roster
Last transaction: 2013-10-29

Regular season[edit]

After barely losing the NBA title the previous season, the veteran Lakers had high hopes coming into the 1969–70 season. However, 7 games into the season, Wilt Chamberlain suffered a severe knee injury and it was thought he would miss the next 10–12 months. Elgin Baylor also missed 28 games due to injury, and Jerry West missed 8. 1st draft pick Willie McCarter also missed almost the entire season. But the Lakers received key contributions from rookies Rick Roberson and Dick Garrett, and managed to battle the Atlanta Hawks for 1st place in the Western Division for most of the season. Chamberlain returned for the final few games, and while the Lakers finished 2nd in the division to Atlanta by 2 games, they were at full strength for the playoffs.

Season standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Atlanta Hawks 48 34 .585 25–13 18–16 5–5 24–16
x-Los Angeles Lakers 46 36 .561 2 27–14 17–21 2–1 24–16
x-Chicago Bulls 39 43 .476 9 23–10 9–25 7–8 22–18
x-Phoenix Suns 39 43 .476 9 22–15 12–25 5–3 24–16
Seattle SuperSonics 36 46 .439 12 22–14 10–26 4–6 14–26
San Francisco Warriors 30 52 .366 18 16–20 14–26 0–6 15–25
San Diego Rockets 27 55 .329 21 21–17 4–33 2–5 17–23
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1969–70 NBA Records
Team ATL BAL BOS CHI CIN DET LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO SDR SFW SEA
Atlanta 2–4 6–0 5–2 3–3 3–3 4–3 3–3 4–2 3–3 2–4 4–2 5–2 4–2
Baltimore 4–2 5–2 5–1 4–3 5–2 4–2 3–3 1–5 3–4 3–3 6–0 2–4 5–1
Boston 0–6 2–5 3–3 3–3 4–3 2–4 1–6 4–3 2–4 2–4 4–2 5–1 2–4
Chicago 2–5 1–5 3–3 3–3 3–3 4–2 4–2 0–6 3–3 5–2 3–4 4–2 4–3
Cincinnati 3–3 3–4 3–3 3–3 4–2 2–4 2–5 2–5 4–3 3–3 4–2 2–4 1–5
Detroit 3–3 2–5 3–4 3–3 2–4 3–3 1–6 1–6 1–5 3–3 3–3 3–3 3–3
Los Angeles 3–4 2–4 4–2 2–4 4–2 3–3 3–3 2–4 4–2 3–4 5–2 5–2 6–0
Milwaukee 3–3 3–3 6–1 2–4 5–2 6–1 3–3 2–4 5–2 6–0 6–0 4–2 5–1
New York 2–4 5–1 3–4 6–0 5–2 6–1 4–2 4–2 5–2 6–0 5–1 5–1 4–2
Philadelphia 3–3 4–3 4–2 3–3 3–4 5–1 2–4 2–5 2–5 4–2 4–2 6–0 0–6
Phoenix 4–2 3–3 4–2 2–5 3–3 3–3 4–3 0–6 0–6 2–4 7–0 3–3 4–3
San Diego 2–4 0–6 2–4 4–3 2–4 3–3 2–5 0–6 1–5 2–4 0–7 5–2 4–2
San Francisco 2–5 4–2 1–5 2–4 4–2 3–3 2–5 2–4 1–5 0–6 3–3 2–5 3–4
Seattle 2–4 1–5 4–2 3–4 5–1 3–3 0–6 1–5 2–4 6–0 3–4 2–4 4–3

Game log[edit]

1969–70 game log
1969–70 schedule

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

The Lakers will still adjusting to playing at full strength with Wilt Chamberlain in the lineup, and it showed in the first round of the playoffs against the upstart Phoenix Suns. After winning game 1, the Suns stunned the Lakers by winning the next three games. Facing a 3–1 series deficit, the Lakers became the 2nd team in NBA history to overcome such a deficit and win the series.

(2) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (3) Phoenix Suns: Lakers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 128, Phoenix 112
  • Game 2 @ Los Angeles: Phoenix 114, Los Angeles 101
  • Game 3 @ Phoenix: Phoenix 112, Los Angeles 98
  • Game 4 @ Phoenix: Phoenix 112, Los Angeles 102
  • Game 5 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 138, Phoenix 121
  • Game 6 @ Phoenix: Los Angeles 104, Phoenix 93
  • Game 7 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 129, Phoenix 94

West Division Finals[edit]

After winning the final 3 games of the first round vs. Phoenix, the Lakers appeared to be hitting their stride. In a rematch of the 1969 Western Division finals (won by the Lakers in 5 games), the Lakers swept the Hawks, although each game was close except for game four.

(1) Atlanta Hawks vs. (2) Los Angeles Lakers: Lakers win series 4–0

  • Game 1 @ Atlanta: Los Angeles 119, Atlanta 115
  • Game 2 @ Atlanta: Los Angeles 105, Atlanta 94
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 115, Atlanta 114 (OT)
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 133, Atlanta 114

NBA Finals[edit]

(E1) New York Knicks vs. (W2) Los Angeles Lakers: Knicks win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ New York: New York 124, Los Angeles 112
  • Game 2 @ New York: Los Angeles 105, New York 103
  • Game 3 @ Los Angeles: New York 111, Los Angeles 108 (OT)
  • Game 4 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 121, New York 115 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ New York: New York 107, Los Angeles 100
  • Game 6 @ Los Angeles: Los Angeles 135, New York 113
  • Game 7 @ New York: New York 113, Los Angeles 99

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]