The Los Angeles Lakers have always been a synonym for success. They impersonate the Hollywood lifestyle, and there’s no better way to show the world that you’ve made it than wearing the purple and gold. You’ll literally be a God among men walking on the streets of LA.
Winners of 17 NBA Championships (tied with the Boston Celtics for most in NBA history), the Lakers are used to having the creme of the crop on their roster. Just the best of the best make it to their locker room, or at least it’s been like that for most of their history.
That means that breaking a franchise record in the Lakers is quite a predicament, and why it is so hard to leave your mark in their history books. Today, we’re going to honor some of the guys who were able to pull it off, talking about the top 10 players with the most three-pointers in Lakers history.
10. Metta World Peace – 420 3PM
Metta World Peace wasn’t exactly a prolific scorer but he had a feel for knocking down huge shots, especially in the clutch. He was the true definition of a 3-and-D kind of player, although we all know that he was out there mostly for defensive purposes.
The controversial Ron Artest was the ultimate wing stopper. He was strong, physical, savvy, and would never hesitate to get on his rival’s face if that meant getting a stop. Throughout his career as a Laker, he knocked down 33.5% of his three-pointers and made 420.
9. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – 423 3PM
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the most recent addition to this list. He’s had his fair share of struggles during his brief career as a Lakers and some fans urged the team to trade him early on, but he’s now paid his dues and is one of the most efficient players on the team.
In just 4 seasons, he’s already cracked the top-10 in most three-pointers made in Los Angeles Lakers history, knocking them down at a solid 37.5%. His defense is pretty solid as well and he played a huge role in their last NBA Championship.
8. Michael Cooper – 428 3PM
Most young fans may not know much about Michael Cooper and he wasn’t exactly the flashiest or funniest player out there. Then again, he did all the dirty work the team needed and helped them win not one, not two, but five NBA Championships.
Cooper was an elite defender that could guard multiple positions with ease. He put his body on the line and made the most of his wingspan and athleticism to be a disruptive presence on the court. Also, he knocked down 428 threes on 34% shooting throughout his 11-year career with the purple and gold.
7. Nick Young – 465 3PM
You can say a lot of things about Nick Young’s competitiveness, work ethic, or personality, but you just can’t deny that he gave the Los Angeles Lakers his all during one of the darkest tenures in franchise history. For better or worse, he was often their go-to-guy.
‘Swaggy P’ was maybe trying to bite more than he could chew when he put the Lakers on his shoulders during such a complicated time. Still, he knocked down 465 three-pointers on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc over his 4 years with the franchise.
6. Rick Fox – 480 3PM
Even though Rick Fox spent the best years of his career with the Boston Celtics, his veteran leadership, presence, and timely shooting came in pretty handily to help the Los Angeles Lakers win the three-peat and become the most dominant team of the early 2000s.
Fox embraced a lesser role next to an up-and-coming Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, playing defense, taking charges, and waiting around the corner to hit from downtown. He shot 34.5% from three during his nine years with the team.
5. Eddie Jones – 489 3PM
Eddie Jones began his career during the 1994-95 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He showed glimpses of incredible scoring ability and looked ready to become a walking bucket for many years to come. However, there wasn’t much room for him on the team back then.
Jones was a starter right away and averaged double-digits during every single year he was with the franchise but never took that step forward to stardom as most people expected. Even so, he managed to score 489 times from deep on 37.8% shooting.
4. Byron Scott – 595 3PM
Most young fans may remember Byron Scott as the coach that refused to play D’Angelo Russell but long before that, he was one of the best role players the Los Angeles Lakers ever had. His presence could be felt on both ends of the floor and he was just quite intelligent as well.
Byron Scott was a 3-and-D specialist for most of his career. His quick hands and quick first step made him deadly in passing lanes, and he had the quickest trigger on the team when he was called upon. He was a 37.3% shooter from three-point land during his 11-year tenure in LA.
3. Nick Van Exel – 750 3PM
It didn’t take long before Nick Van Exel became one of the biggest fan favorites in Los Angeles. He was a never-ending burst of energy, an instant-offense kind of guy that you could always trust when you were in desperate need of a bucket.
Van Exel wasn’t big or strong but he was as crafty as they come. He averaged nearly 15.0 points per game during his 5-year stint with the purple and gold, knocking down 750 three-pointers (2.0 per game on 5.5 attempts), and was considered one of the best shooters in franchise history.
2. Derek Fisher – 846 3PM
Even if we don’t talk about him often, Derek Fisher is one of the greatest players in Los Angeles Lakers history. He may not put up huge numbers or even start for most of his career but he played a huge role in 5 NBA Championships, which is a lot to say.
Fisher was tailor-made for Phil Jackson’s triangle offense. He could play on and off the ball and always came up huge when they needed a three-pointer. He shot 37.5% from beyond the arc during his 13-year tenure with the franchise, knocking down 846 triples.
1. Kobe Bryant – 1,827 3PM
Unsurprisingly, Kobe Bryant tops yet another Los Angeles Lakers all-time list. Even though he was a late bloomer, once Kobe established himself as a starter, it became clear that he would go down as the greatest player to ever lace them up for that franchise.
Kobe was the most competitive and unstoppable scorer the league had seen since Michael Jordan, and even though he thrived off the mid-range more often than from beyond the arc, he was still a career 32.9% shooter from deep and knocked down 1,827 three-pointers for the purple and gold.