Los Angeles Lakers Regular Season Rosters

1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Elgin Baylor F 6-5 225 13 Seattle 1956 Rnd 14 Pick 2 United States
Roger Brown C 6-11 225 0 Kansas 1971 Rnd 4 Pick 13 United States
Wilt Chamberlain C 7-1 265 12 Kansas 1959 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Jim Cleamons SG 6-3 185 0 Ohio State 1971 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
Leroy Ellis FC 6-10 210 9 St. John's 1962 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
Keith Erickson GF 6-5 195 6 UCLA 1965 Rnd 3 Pick 1 United States
Gail Goodrich G 6-1 170 6 UCLA 1965 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Happy Hairston F 6-7 225 7 NYU 1964 Rnd 4 Pick 8 United States
Jim McMillian SF 6-5 215 1 Columbia 1970 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
Jim Price G 6-3 195 0 Louisville 1972 Rnd 2 Pick 3 United States
Pat Riley SG 6-4 205 4 Kentucky 1967 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
Flynn Robinson G 6-1 185 5 Wyoming 1965 Rnd 2 Pick 7 United States
John Q. Trapp SF 6-7 210 3 UNLV 1968 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States
Jerry West SG 6-2 185 11 West Virginia 1960 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States

1971-1972 L.A. Lakers Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters G. Goodrich J. West J. McMillian H. Hairston W. Chamberlain
Rotation   P. Riley J. Trapp L. Ellis  
Rotation   F. Robinson      
Rotation   J. Cleamons      
Lim PT     E. Baylor   R. Brown
Lim PT     K. Erickson    

1971-1972 Pacific Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Los Angeles Lakers69-13-
2Golden State Warriors51-3118
3Seattle SuperSonics47-3522
4Houston Rockets34-4835
5Portland Trail Blazers18-6451

1971-1972 L.A. Lakers Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Wilt Chamberlain Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP (1972)
Jerry West All-NBA First Team (1972)
Wilt Chamberlain All-NBA Second Team (1972)
Wilt Chamberlain All-NBA Defensive First Team (1972)
Jerry West All-NBA Defensive First Team (1972)
Jerry West Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1972)
Gail Goodrich Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1972)
Wilt Chamberlain Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1972)
Jerry West All-Star MVP (1972)

1971-1972 L.A. Lakers Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST
Gail Goodrich 82 37.1 25.9 3.6 4.5
Jerry West 77 38.6 25.8 4.2 9.7
Jim McMillian 80 38.1 18.8 6.5 2.6
Wilt Chamberlain 82 42.3 14.8 19.2 4.0
Happy Hairston 80 34.4 13.1 13.1 2.4
Flynn Robinson 64 15.7 9.9 1.8 2.2
Pat Riley 67 13.8 6.7 1.9 1.1
Leroy Ellis 74 14.6 4.6 4.2 0.6
John Q. Trapp 58 13.1 5.7 3.1 0.7
Elgin Baylor 9 26.6 11.8 6.3 2.0
Jim Cleamons 38 5.3 2.6 1.0 0.9
Keith Erickson 15 17.5 5.7 2.6 2.3

1971-1972 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.

Jim Cleamons was selected as the #13 pick in the First Round of the 1971 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Jim Cleamons signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1, 1971.

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.

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.

Leroy Ellis was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Portland Trail Blazers on September 11, 1971.

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.

Flynn Robinson was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Cincinnati Royals on March 29, 1971.

Acquired via Waiver Claim

John Q. Trapp was claimed off of the waiver wire by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Houston Rockets on October 12, 1971.

1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Jack Cooke Owner 1965-1966 N/A
Bill Sharman Head Coach 1971-1972 Head Coach (Golden State Warriors, 1966 to 1968)
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