Los Angeles Lakers Regular Season Rosters

1978-1979 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 9 UCLA 1969 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Ron Boone GF 6-2 200 2 Idaho State 1968 Rnd 11 Pick 13 United States
  Kenny Carr GF 6-7 220 1 NC State 1977 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
  Ron Carter SG 6-5 190 0 Virginia Military 1978 Rnd 2 Pick 4 United States
21 Michael Cooper SG 6-5 170 0 New Mexico 1978 Rnd 3 Pick 16 United States
  Adrian Dantley SF 6-5 208 2 Notre Dame 1976 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
  Don Ford F 6-9 215 3 UC Santa Barbara 1975 Rnd 6 Pick 2 United States
  Lou Hudson GF 6-5 210 12 Minnesota 1966 Rnd 1 Pick 4 United States
  Norm Nixon G 6-2 170 1 Duquesne 1977 Rnd 1 Pick 22 United States
  Jim Price G 6-3 195 6 Louisville 1972 Rnd 2 Pick 3 United States
  Dave Robisch FC 6-10 235 2 Kansas 1971 Rnd 3 Pick 9 United States
52 Jamaal Wilkes GF 6-6 190 4 UCLA 1974 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States

1978-1979 L.A. Lakers Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters N. Nixon R. Boone A. Dantley J. Wilkes K. Abdul-Jabbar
Rotation   J. Price D. Ford D. Robisch  
Rotation     L. Hudson    
Rotation     K. Carr    
Lim PT   R. Carter      
Lim PT   M. Cooper      

1978-1979 Pacific Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Seattle SuperSonics52-30-
2Phoenix Suns50-322
3Los Angeles Lakers47-355
4Portland Trail Blazers45-377
5San Diego Clippers43-399
6Golden State Warriors38-4414

1978-1979 L.A. Lakers Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar All-NBA Second Team (1979)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar All-NBA Defensive First Team (1979)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1979)

1978-1979 L.A. Lakers Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 80 39.5 23.8 12.8 5.4 0.9 4.0 3.5
Jamaal Wilkes 82 35.5 18.6 7.4 2.8 1.6 0.3 2.7
Norm Nixon 82 38.4 17.1 2.8 9.0 2.5 0.2 2.8
Adrian Dantley 60 29.6 17.3 5.7 2.3 1.1 0.2 2.6
Lou Hudson 78 21.6 9.8 1.8 1.8 0.7 0.2 1.3
Ron Boone 82 19.3 7.4 1.8 1.9 0.8 0.1 1.8
Kenny Carr 72 16.0 7.4 4.1 0.8 0.5 0.4 1.6
Don Ford 79 19.5 6.7 3.4 1.3 0.6 0.3 1.2
Jim Price 75 16.1 5.3 1.6 2.9 0.9 0.2 1.3
Dave Robisch 80 15.2 4.8 3.6 1.2 0.2 0.3 0.7
Ron Carter 46 7.2 3.1 1.0 0.5 0.4 0.2 0.9
Brad Davis 5 13.0 3.8 0.2 1.8 0.4 0.0 1.2
Michael Cooper 3 2.3 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3

1978-1979 Los Angeles Lakers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Kenny Carr was selected as the #6 pick in the First Round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Kenny Carr signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 2, 1977.

Ron Carter was selected as the #4 pick in the Second Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Ron Carter signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1, 1978.

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.

Don Ford was selected as the #2 pick in the 6 Round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Don Ford signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on August 20, 1975.

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.

Acquired via Trade

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

Ron Boone was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Kansas City Kings on June 26, 1978.

Adrian Dantley was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Indiana Pacers on December 13, 1977.

Lou Hudson was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Atlanta Hawks on September 30, 1977.

Dave Robisch was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Indiana Pacers on December 13, 1977.

Acquired via Free Agency

Jim Price signed a contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on October 8, 1978.

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

1978-1979 Los Angeles Lakers Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
Jack Cooke Owner 1965-1966 N/A
Jerry West Head Coach 1976-1977 N/A
Bill Sharman General Manager 1976-1977 Head Coach (Los Angeles Lakers, 1971 to 1976)
Bumper Tormohlen Scout 1967-1968 N/A
Pat Riley Television Analyst 1977-1978 N/A
Chick Hearn Television Play-By-Play 1965-1966 N/A