2013–14 Los Angeles Lakers season
|2013–14 Los Angeles Lakers season|
|Head coach||Mike D'Antoni|
|General manager||Mitch Kupchak|
|Owners||Buss Family Trusts|
|Place||Division: 5th (Pacific)|
Conference: 14th (Western)
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Television||TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes|
The 2013–14 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 66th season of the franchise, its 65th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 54th season in Los Angeles. With Dwight Howard's departure to Houston during the offseason, Kobe Bryant playing only six games, and numerous injuries to many of the players, they finished 27–55, the sixth-worst record in the league; it was the most losses in the franchise's history which would change in the 2014–15 season and later the 2015–16 season. The Lakers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004–05.
The Lakers began the season 10–9. However, they entered the NBA All-Star break with seven straight losses at home, the worst streak in team history. Despite a 13-13 start, they went 14-42 the rest of the way. They were 18–35 and 13 games behind for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and only nine games behind the 9–43 Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the league and the best probability of the first overall pick in the NBA draft lottery. On March 6, they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, their crosstown rivals, 142–94, with the 48-point margin being the most one-sided defeat in Lakers history. It was part of a three-game stretch during which the Lakers allowed an average of 136 points per game, the worst in their history; it matched the most allowed by an NBA team in three games over the past 23 years. Later that month, they were the first team in the league that was eliminated from playoff contention. It was just the third time in 38 seasons that they missed the playoffs. Their .329 winning percentage was the worst since 1957–58, before they had even moved to Los Angeles and when they were still playing in Minneapolis. Lakers players in 2013–14 missed 319 games due to injury, which led the NBA, and the team used 35 different starting lineups. In the final months of the season, the team often dressed just 10 or fewer healthy players, refusing to replace injured players for a few extra wins in a lost season. Following the season, Pau Gasol signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls.
- June 27: The 2013 NBA draft took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
- July 1: 2013 NBA free agency began.
- December 8: Kobe Bryant plays in first game since tearing his Achilles.
- December 17: Kobe Bryant suffers a broken bone in his knee while playing against the Memphis Grizzlies, but his team went on to beat them, 96–92.
- February 4: Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, and Jodie Meeks get injured as well as losing against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
- March 14: Following their loss to the San Antonio Spurs the Lakers become eliminated from playoff contention, Thus meaning that for only the sixth time the Lakers won't make the Playoffs.
- March 25: The Lakers hit a franchise record 51 points in one quarter against the New York Knicks, and also a win to the Lakers 96–127.
|2||48||Ryan Kelly||PF||United States||Duke|
|2013–14 Los Angeles Lakers roster|
|2013 pre-season game log|
Total: 4–4 (Home: 4–3; Road: 0–1)
|2013–14 season schedule|
|y-Los Angeles Clippers||57||25||.695||0.0||34–7||23–18||12–4||82|
|x-Golden State Warriors||51||31||.622||6.0||27–14||24–17||11–5||82|
|Los Angeles Lakers||27||55||.329||30.0||14–27||13–28||6–10||82|
|1||z-San Antonio Spurs *||62||20||.756||–||82|
|2||y-Oklahoma City Thunder *||59||23||.720||3.0||82|
|3||y-Los Angeles Clippers *||57||25||.695||5.0||82|
|5||x-Portland Trail Blazers||54||28||.659||8.0||82|
|6||x-Golden State Warriors||51||31||.622||11.0||82|
|12||New Orleans Pelicans||34||48||.415||28.0||82|
|14||Los Angeles Lakers||27||55||.329||35.0||82|
|2013–14 game log|
Total: 27–55 (Home: 14–27; Road: 13–28)
|2013–14 season schedule|
|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, records and milestones
Kobe Bryant (Did not participate due to injury)
Via free agency
|Players lost |
Via free agency
|Player||Date acquired||Reason acquired||Former team|
|Robert Sacre||July 10||Re-signed||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Nick Young||July 11||Free agency||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Chris Kaman||July 12||Free agency||Dallas Mavericks|
|Wesley Johnson||July 15||Free agency||Phoenix Suns|
|Jordan Farmar||July 17||Contract buyout||Anadolu Efes|
|Kendall Marshall||December 20||Free Agency||Phoenix Suns|
|Player||Reason left||Date left||New team|
|Chris Duhon||Waived||June 29||Free Agent|
|Metta World Peace||Waived||July 11||New York Knicks|
|Earl Clark||Free agency||July 12||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Dwight Howard||Free agency||July 13||Houston Rockets|
|Steve Blake||Traded||February 19||Golden State Warriors|
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