Los Angeles Lakers Regular Season Rosters

1980-1981 Los Angeles Lakers Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar C 7-2 225 11 UCLA 1969 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Jim Brewer PF 6-9 210 7 Minnesota 1973 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
  Butch Carter G 6-5 180 0 Indiana 1980 Rnd 2 Pick 14 United States
  Jim Chones FC 6-11 220 6 Marquette 1973 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
21 Michael Cooper SG 6-5 170 2 New Mexico 1978 Rnd 3 Pick 16 United States
  Alan Hardy SG 6-7 195 1 Michigan 1979 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
  Brad Holland SG 6-3 180 1 UCLA 1979 Rnd 1 Pick 14 United States
  Tony Jackson PG 6-0 170 0 Florida State 1980 Rnd 4 Pick 18 United States
32 Magic Johnson PG 6-9 255 1 Michigan State 1979 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Eddie Jordan PG 6-1 170 3 Rutgers 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 11 United States
  Mark Landsberger FC 6-8 215 3 Arizona State 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
  Norm Nixon G 6-2 170 3 Duquesne 1977 Rnd 1 Pick 22 United States
  Myles Patrick F 6-8 220 0 Auburn 1978 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
52 Jamaal Wilkes GF 6-6 190 6 UCLA 1974 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States

1980-1981 L.A. Lakers Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters M. Johnson N. Nixon M. Cooper J. Wilkes K. Abdul-Jabbar
Rotation       J. Chones  
Rotation       M. Landsberger  
Lim PT E. Jordan B. Holland   J. Brewer  
Lim PT   B. Carter      
Lim PT   A. Hardy      

1980-1981 Pacific Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Phoenix Suns57-25-
2Los Angeles Lakers54-283
3Portland Trail Blazers45-3712
4Golden State Warriors39-4318
5San Diego Clippers36-4621
6Seattle SuperSonics34-4823

1980-1981 L.A. Lakers Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar All-NBA First Team (1981)
Magic Johnson Player Of The Month (Oct 80)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Player Of The Week (12/21/80)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar All-NBA Defensive First Team (1981)
Michael Cooper All-NBA Defensive Second Team (1981)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1981)
Jamaal Wilkes Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1981)

1980-1981 L.A. Lakers Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 80 37.2 26.2 10.3 3.4 0.7 2.9 3.1
Jamaal Wilkes 81 37.4 22.6 5.4 2.9 1.5 0.4 2.6
Norm Nixon 79 37.5 17.1 2.9 8.8 1.8 0.1 3.6
Jim Chones 82 31.2 10.8 8.0 1.9 0.5 1.2 1.9
Magic Johnson 37 37.1 21.6 8.6 8.6 3.4 0.7 3.9
Michael Cooper 81 32.4 9.4 4.1 4.1 1.6 1.0 2.0
Mark Landsberger 69 15.7 5.7 5.5 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.9
Eddie Jordan 60 16.4 5.1 1.3 3.2 1.2 0.1 2.0
Butch Carter 54 12.4 5.6 1.2 1.0 0.4 0.0 0.9
Jim Brewer 78 14.2 2.8 3.6 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.6
Brad Holland 41 7.2 3.2 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.0 0.8
Alan Hardy 22 5.0 2.3 0.9 0.1 0.0 0.4 0.5
Myles Patrick 3 3.0 1.7 0.7 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3
Tony Jackson 2 7.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0

1980-1981 Los Angeles Lakers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Butch Carter was selected as the #14 pick in the Second Round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Butch Carter signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1, 1980.

Michael Cooper was selected as the #16 pick in the 3 Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Michael Cooper signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1, 1978. Michael Cooper re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1, 1980.

Brad Holland was selected as the #14 pick in the First Round of the 1979 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Brad Holland signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1, 1979.

Magic Johnson was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1979 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on August 1, 1979.

Norm Nixon was selected as the #22 pick in the First Round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Norm Nixon signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 2, 1977. Norm Nixon signed a multi-year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers on April 1, 1980.

Acquired via Trade

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Milwaukee Bucks on June 16, 1975.

Jim Brewer was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Portland Trail Blazers on October 8, 1980.

Jim Chones was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 5, 1979.

Eddie Jordan was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the New Jersey Nets on November 19, 1980.

Mark Landsberger was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Chicago Bulls on February 13, 1980.

Acquired via Free Agency

Alan Hardy signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 30, 1980.

Jamaal Wilkes signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 11, 1977.

1980-1981 Los Angeles Lakers Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Dr. Jerry H. Buss Owner, Majority Owner 1979-1980 N/A
Jim Perzik General Counsel 1979-1980 N/A
Paul Westhead Head Coach 1979-1980 N/A
Pat Riley Assistant Coach 1979-1980 Television Analyst (Los Angeles Lakers, 1977 to 1979)
Bill Sharman General Manager 1976-1977 Head Coach (Los Angeles Lakers, 1971 to 1976)
Bumper Tormohlen Scout 1967-1968 N/A
Jerry West Scout 1979-1980 Head Coach (Los Angeles Lakers, 1976 to 1979)
Chick Hearn Television Play-By-Play 1965-1966 N/A