Byron Scott

When most people think of the Lakers showtime era they first think of Magic Johnson, then Kareem Abdul Jabbar and then James Worthy. You can say that Byron Scott was the 4th option for those showtime Laker teams but could have easily been the first option on many other teams. He was a vital part of those Laker teams. Byron Scott was selected by the San Diego Clippers with the 4th pick of the 1983 draft, he was traded to the Los Angleles Lakers in 1983 in exchange for Norm NIxon. Byron was a starter alongside Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He played for the Lakers for 10 consecutive seasons (1983-1993). During that time he won 3 NBA championships (1985, 1987, 1988). As a rookie, he was a member of the 1984 all-rookie team, averaging 10.6 PPG in 22 MPG. He led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.433) in 1984-85. 1987-88 was his best season, leading the Lakers in scoring, averaging a career-best 21.7 ppg, and in steals (1.91 spg). Although he was an excellent player and an integral part of one of the greatest teams in NBA history, Byron Scott was never selected to play in the NBA All-Star game. He was the Lakers' starting shooting guard from 1984 until 1993. In 1996-97, the last year of Scott's playing career, he went back to the Lakers and proved to be a valuable mentor for a team led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. During his playing days he was known to be one of the best shooters and dunkers in the NBA.