The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most iconic and successful NBA teams in history. With a rich legacy dating back to the 1940s, the Lakers have been home to some of the greatest basketball players of all time.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the top 10 Lakers scoring leaders of the decade. From the 2009-10 season to the present day, the Lakers have seen some of their biggest stars come and go.
But who were the top scorers during this time period? Join us as we delve into the stats and highlight the players who made their mark on the Lakers’ history books.
Stats: 13.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Nick Young is not a name that jumps out at you, especially when naming the greatest Los Angeles Lakers players of all time. Still, during his four seasons with the Purple and Gold, Young scored enough to crack our top 10 list.
From 2013 to 2017, Young wore a Lakers jersey, playing in 220 games. Young didn’t achieve much as a member of the Lakers, and he never played in the postseason while wearing the Purple and Gold.
Still, Young’s 2,890 points, which equals to 13.1 points per game, is the 10th most scored points by a Laker since 2009-10. So, for our list, Nick Young is a Laker legend.
Stats: 8.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Metta Sandiford-Artest, who was born Ron Artest, and was known as Metta World Peace, while with the Lakers, has scored the ninth most points for LA since the 2009-10 season. This comes as a surprise, since Peace was more known for his defense.
Even though he was a defensive stopper, Peace could score the ball, especially when the team needed a bucket… Just ask the 2010 Boston Celtics.
Still, the main reason Peace is ninth on our list is because he’s played in 358 games for LA since the 2009-10 season. In those games, Peace averaged just 8.9 points, but the Lakers needed him.
As mentioned about the 2010 Boston Celtics, Peace’ clutch three with 1:01 left in Game 7 of the NBA Finals sealed the game. Peace would win the only championship of his career while helping Lakers legend Kobe Bryant win the last title of his incredible career.
Stats: 13.5 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Julius Randle might be coming into form with the New York Knicks today, but he got his start in Hollywood with the Lakers. Randle played in LA from 2014 to 2018, eventually becoming a free agent and leaving to play for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Randle was a solid player for the Lakers on both ends of the floor, but he didn’t seem ready to take over the leading role. Like Nick Young, whom Randle played three seasons with, Randle would not reach the playoffs as a member of the Lakers.
Still, his 3,219 points in 238 is enough to place Randle in the eighth spot for the most points scored by a Laker since the 2009-10 season. Not a bad achievement.
Stats: 11.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is not one of those players who you’d expect to score a lot. This is because he doesn’t score a whole lot on average.
Caldwell-Pope played four seasons with the Lakers, and in that time, he averaged just 11.1 points per game. Still, this average over the course of 292 games was enough to give him 3,228 points as a Laker.
This lands Caldwell-Pope seventh on our list, but this wouldn’t be Caldwell-Pope’s proudest Lakers achievement. No, that would be winning the 2019-20 NBA championship while wearing the famous Purple and Gold.
Stats: 14.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Jordan Clarkson has been one of the best scorers off the bench since he entered the NBA. It wasn’t until last year with the Utah Jazz that Clarkson became a full-time starter for the first time since his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Clarkson was drafted by the Washington Wizards 46th overall but traded to the Lakers on draft night. It was in LA where Clarkson quickly showed his worth.
As a rookie, Clarkson’s 11.9 points and 3.5 assists were enough to earn him a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Clarkson would not reach the playoffs with the Lakers, but his 3,904 points scored in four seasons is enough to land him in our sixth spot.
Stats: 15.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Kyle Kuzma was an important piece to the Lakers winning the 2020 NBA Finals. He was the perfect fit around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, as he averaged 10.0 points off the bench for the Lakers in the playoffs.
Kuzma was the perfect source of energy the team needed off the bench, and he could score when asked to.
This is proven since Kuzma’s 4,206 points in four seasons with the Lakers is the fifth most points scored by a Laker since the 2009-10 season. There have constantly been rumors of Kuzma one day returning to the Lakers.
That seems unlikely now since he just re-signed with the Washington Wizards for four more seasons. Still, the idea will likely continue to float around; who knows, maybe one day he’ll dawn the Purple and Gold again. Then, his Lakers scoring total will grow.
Stats: 24.6 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 2.1 BPG
Anthony Davis was one of the best players in the league as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. So when the Los Angeles Lakers traded for Davis in 2019, everyone in Hollywood could feel another championship was about to arrive.
The fans didn’t have to wait long, as Davis helped the Lakers win the title in his first season in LA. Davis averaged 25.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game in the Lakers’ 4-2 Finals victory over the Miami Heat in the notorious Disney bubble.
So far, Davis has played four seasons with the Lakers. Thanks to injuries, Davis has played in just 194 games over those four years, but that hasn’t stopped him from ranking fourth on our list for the most points scored by a Laker since the 2009-10 season.
Stats: 17.4 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.5 BPG
Pau Gasol changed the fortunate for the Lakers when he arrived via trade with the Memphis Grizzlies on February 1, 2008. Gasol helped to lead the Lakers to its first NBA Finals appearance since 2004.
The Lakers would unfortunately fall to the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals, but they’d rebound beautifully in the next two seasons. Gasol helped the Lakers reach the next two Finals, and this time, LA won both times, making Gasol a two-time NBA champion.
In 18 Finals games with the Lakers, Gasol averaged 17.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. Gasol was the second option on those Lakers, and he ranks third on our list of the most points scored by a Laker since the 2009-10 season.
Stats: 27.4 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 8.0 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.7 BPG
On July 9, 2018, LeBron James shocked the NBA world when he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. Since then, LeBron has achieved some incredible things.
For one, he led the Lakers to its 17th NBA title, tying the Boston Celtics for the most by one franchise in NBA history. The 2020 NBA championship was also LeBron’s fourth title in his historic career.
On February 7, 2023, LeBron did the unthinkable: he broke former Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 39-year-old all-time scoring record.
Yes, there have been some low moments since LeBron joined the Lakers, like the team missing the twice. Still, overall, everything LeBron has done while wearing the Purple and Gold has been incredible.
LeBron played 278 games for the Lakers in five seasons, and his 7,614 points are the second most scored by a player since the 2009-10 season.
Stats: 24.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Surprise, surprise, Kobe Bryant ranks first on a list involving the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe’s last few years in the NBA weren’t his best, as he dealt with a deliberating Achilles injury.
Still, Kobe ranks first on our list of the most points scored by a Laker since the 2009-10 season. The 2009-10 season was the last year Kobe won an NBA championship, as he led the Lakers over the Celtics in a grueling seven-game series.
Kobe played seven seasons for the Lakers, starting from the 2009-10 season, and his highest scoring season was in 2011-12. The Black Mamba averaged 27.9 points per game over 58 games.
Even in Kobe’s last season, when he was past his prime, he proved why he’s arguably the greatest Laker of all time. Kobe scored an incredible 60 points in his final game against the Utah Jazz.
Kobe Bryant was an incredible scorer, and that’s why he’s number one on our list. If LeBron James continues to play for the Lakers and at the high rate he’s been at, he could possibly pass Kobe. But for now, Kobe stands atop.
The Lakers have had some incredible players who have consistently delivered impressive scoring performances. From Kobe Bryant’s legacy to the rise of players like LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers’ scoring leaders have left a lasting impact on the team and the fans.
As we anticipate what the future holds for the Lakers, let’s celebrate the achievements of these talented individuals who have led the team in scoring over the past decade. Here’s to many more exciting seasons and new Lakers scoring leaders in the years to come.