Los Angeles Lakers Regular Season Rosters

1970-1971 Los Angeles Lakers Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Elgin Baylor F 6-5 225 12 Seattle 1958 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
Wilt Chamberlain C 7-1 265 11 Kansas 1959 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Keith Erickson GF 6-5 195 5 UCLA 1965 Rnd 3 Pick 1 United States
Gail Goodrich G 6-1 170 5 UCLA 1965 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Happy Hairston F 6-7 225 6 NYU 1964 Rnd 4 Pick 8 United States
Fred Hetzel F 6-8 220 5 Davidson 1965 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
Earnie Killum SG 6-3 180 0 Stetson 1970 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
Willie McCarter SG 6-3 175 1 Drake 1969 Rnd 1 Pick 12 United States
Jim McMillian SF 6-5 215 0 Columbia 1970 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
Pat Riley SG 6-4 205 3 Kentucky 1967 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
Rick Roberson FC 6-9 231 1 Cincinnati 1969 Rnd 1 Pick 15 United States
Flynn Robinson G 6-1 185 4 Wyoming 1965 Rnd 2 Pick 7 United States
John Tresvant PF 6-7 215 6 Seattle 1964 Rnd 5 Pick 6 United States
Jerry West SG 6-2 185 10 West Virginia 1960 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States

1970-1971 L.A. Lakers Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters G. Goodrich K. Erickson J. McMillian H. Hairston W. Chamberlain
Rotation   W. McCarter F. Hetzel R. Roberson  
Rotation   P. Riley      
Lim PT   E. Killum E. Baylor    
Lim PT   J. West      
Lim PT   F. Robinson      

1970-1971 Pacific Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Los Angeles Lakers48-34-
2San Francisco Warriors41-417
3San Diego Rockets40-428
4Seattle SuperSonics38-4410
5Portland Trail Blazers29-5319

1970-1971 L.A. Lakers Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Jerry West All-NBA First Team (1971)
Jerry West All-NBA Defensive First Team (1971)
Jerry West Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1971)
Wilt Chamberlain Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1971)

1970-1971 L.A. Lakers Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
Jerry West 69 41.2 26.9 4.6 9.5
Wilt Chamberlain 82 44.3 20.7 18.2 4.3
Happy Hairston 80 36.5 18.6 10.0 2.1
Gail Goodrich 79 35.5 17.5 3.3 4.8
Keith Erickson 73 31.1 11.3 5.5 3.1
Jim McMillian 81 21.6 8.4 4.1 1.6
Willie McCarter 76 18.0 7.1 1.6 1.7
Rick Roberson 65 14.0 5.2 4.7 0.7
Fred Hetzel 59 10.4 4.8 2.5 0.6
Pat Riley 54 9.4 4.9 1.0 1.3
John Tresvant 8 8.2 5.4 2.9 1.2
Elgin Baylor 2 28.5 10.0 5.5 1.0
Earnie Killum 4 3.0 0.2 0.5 0.0

1970-1971 Los Angeles Lakers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Elgin Baylor was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1958 NBA Draft by the Minneapolis Lakers. Elgin Baylor signed a multi-year contract with the Minneapolis Lakers on September 1, 1958.

Earnie Killum was selected as the #13 pick in the Second Round of the 1970 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Earnie Killum signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on March 30, 1970.

Willie McCarter was selected as the #12 pick in the First Round of the 1969 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Willie McCarter signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1, 1969.

Jim McMillian was selected as the #13 pick in the First Round of the 1970 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Jim McMillian signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1, 1970.

Rick Roberson was selected as the #15 pick in the First Round of the 1969 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Rick Roberson signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on May 5, 1969.

Jerry West was selected as the #2 pick in the First Round of the 1960 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Jerry West signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 20, 1960. Jerry West re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1, 1962.

Acquired via Trade

Wilt Chamberlain was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Philadelphia Sixers on July 9, 1968.

Keith Erickson was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Chicago Bulls on September 23, 1968. Keith Erickson re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on October 14, 1970.

Gail Goodrich was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Phoenix Suns on May 20, 1970.

Happy Hairston was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Detroit Pistons on November 27, 1969.

Pat Riley was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Portland Trail Blazers on October 7, 1970.

Acquired via Waiver Claim

Fred Hetzel was claimed off of the waiver wire by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Portland Trail Blazers on August 27, 1970.

1970-1971 Los Angeles Lakers Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Jack Cooke Owner 1965-1966 N/A
Joe Mullaney Head Coach 1969-1970 N/A
Fred Schaus General Manager 1967-1968 Head Coach (Los Angeles Lakers, 1960 to 1967)
Bumper Tormohlen Scout 1967-1968 N/A
Bill Bertka Scout 1968-1969 N/A
Chick Hearn Television Play-By-Play 1965-1966 N/A