2004–05 Los Angeles Lakers season

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2004–05 Los Angeles Lakers season
Head coach Rudy Tomjanovich
Frank Hamblen
General manager Mitch Kupchak
Owner(s) Jerry Buss
Arena Staples Center
Results
Record 34–48 (.415)
Place Division: 5th (Pacific)
Conference: 12th (Western)
Playoff finish Did Not Qualify
Local media
Television FSN West, KCAL
Radio AM 570 KLAC
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The 2004–05 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 57th in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 59th overall.[1] The Los Angeles Lakers finished fifth in the Pacific Division. The season is best remembered as a tough one for the Lakers, winning only 34 games, missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The off-season marked changes for the Lakers, who lost several members from the famed 2004 team: Rick Fox and Gary Payton were traded to the Boston Celtics, but Fox would retire before the season instead of suiting up for Boston, Shaquille O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for Brian Grant, Caron Butler, and Lamar Odom after bad blood between himself and teammate Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher left for the Golden State Warriors, though he would return to the Lakers in 2007 and would eventually win two more championships, and Karl Malone retired in February 2005 after spending half of the season unsigned. The team hired Rudy Tomjanovich, who was well known for his tenure with the Houston Rockets, to be their new head coach for the upcoming season. But midseason, Tomjanovich once again resigned and Frank Hamblen took over for the rest of the season.

Kobe Bryant, for the sixth time in his career, did not make the All-NBA First Team.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2004 NBA Draft
Draft Round Pick Player Nat Pos College/High School/Club
2004 1 27 Vujačić, SašhaSašha Vujačić  Slovenia G Pallalcesto Amatori Udine (Italy)
2004 2 56 Douthit, MarcusMarcus Douthit  United States/ Philippines PF/C Providence

Roster[edit]

Player Salaries[edit]

Rank Player Salary
1 Kobe Bryant $14,175,000
2 Brian Grant $13,233,434
3 Lamar Odom $10,548,596
4 Vlade Divac $4,903,000
5 Devean George $4,546,000
6 Chucky Atkins $4,200,000
7 Chris Mihm $3,371,393
8 Stanislav Medvedenko $3,000,000
9 Caron Butler $1,930,680
10 Jumaine Jones $1,687,500
11 Brian Cook $971,160
12 Sasha Vujacic $846,840
13 Tierre Brown $720,046
14 Luke Walton $620,046
15 Tony Bobbitt $305,403[2]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Phoenix Suns 62 20 .756 -
Sacramento Kings 50 32 .610 12
Los Angeles Clippers 37 45 .451 25
Los Angeles Lakers 34 48 .415 28
Golden State Warriors 34 48 .415 28

Game log[edit]

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

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]