Los Angeles Lakers Regular Season Rosters

1981-1982 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 12 UCLA 1969 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Jim Brewer PF 6-9 210 8 Minnesota 1973 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
21 Michael Cooper SG 6-5 170 3 New Mexico 1978 Rnd 3 Pick 16 United States
  Clay Johnson SG 6-4 175 1 Missouri 1978 Rnd 5 Pick 22 United States
32 Magic Johnson PG 6-9 255 2 Michigan State 1979 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Eddie Jordan PG 6-1 170 4 Rutgers 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 11 United States
25 Mitch Kupchak FC 6-9 230 5 North Carolina 1976 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
  Mark Landsberger FC 6-8 215 4 Arizona State 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
11 Bob McAdoo FC 6-9 210 9 North Carolina 1972 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
40 Mike McGee GF 6-5 190 0 Michigan 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 19 United States
  Kevin McKenna GF 6-5 195 0 Creighton 1981 Rnd 4 Pick 19 United States
  Norm Nixon G 6-2 170 4 Duquesne 1977 Rnd 1 Pick 22 United States
18 Kurt Rambis F 6-8 213 1 Santa Clara 1980 Rnd 3 Pick 12 United States
52 Jamaal Wilkes GF 6-6 190 7 UCLA 1974 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States

1981-1982 L.A. Lakers Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters M. Johnson N. Nixon J. Wilkes B. McAdoo K. Abdul-Jabbar
Rotation   M. Cooper K. Rambis J. Brewer  
Rotation   C. Johnson M. McGee M. Landsberger  
Lim PT E. Jordan   K. McKenna M. Kupchak  

1981-1982 Pacific Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Los Angeles Lakers57-25-
2Seattle SuperSonics52-305
3Phoenix Suns46-3611
4Golden State Warriors45-3712
5Portland Trail Blazers42-4015
6San Diego Clippers17-6540

1981-1982 L.A. Lakers Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Magic Johnson Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP (1982)
Magic Johnson All-NBA Second Team (1982)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Player Of The Week (02/28/82)
Michael Cooper All-NBA Defensive First Team (1982)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1982)
Magic Johnson Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1982)
Norm Nixon Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1982)

1981-1982 L.A. Lakers Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 76 35.2 23.9 8.7 3.0 0.8 2.7 3.0
Jamaal Wilkes 82 35.4 21.1 4.8 1.7 1.1 0.3 2.0
Magic Johnson 78 38.3 18.6 9.6 9.5 2.7 0.4 3.7
Norm Nixon 82 36.9 17.6 2.1 8.0 1.6 0.1 2.9
Michael Cooper 76 28.9 11.9 3.5 3.0 1.6 0.8 2.0
Bob McAdoo 41 18.2 9.6 3.9 0.8 0.5 0.9 1.2
Mitch Kupchak 26 31.6 14.3 8.1 1.3 0.5 0.4 1.7
Mark Landsberger 75 15.1 4.3 5.3 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.7
Kurt Rambis 64 17.7 4.6 5.4 0.9 0.9 1.2 1.2
Eddie Jordan 58 10.5 3.8 0.7 2.3 1.1 0.0 1.1
Mike McGee 39 9.0 4.9 1.3 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.9
Jim Brewer 71 13.6 2.4 3.7 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.5
Kevin McKenna 36 6.6 1.9 0.8 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.6
Clay Johnson 7 9.3 3.6 1.7 1.0 0.4 0.4 1.0

1981-1982 Los Angeles Lakers Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

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.

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.

Mike McGee was selected as the #19 pick in the First Round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Mike McGee signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1, 1981.

Kevin McKenna was selected as the #19 pick in the 4 Round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Kevin McKenna signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on August 19, 1981.

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.

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.

Bob McAdoo was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the New Jersey Nets on December 24, 1981.

Acquired via Free Agency

Clay Johnson signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on April 2, 1982.

Mitch Kupchak signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 23, 1981.

Kurt Rambis signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 13, 1981.

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

1981-1982 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 Head Coach, Assistant Coach 1981-1982 Assistant Coach (Los Angeles Lakers, 1979 to 1982)
Bill Bertka Assistant Coach 1981-1982 General Manager (Utah Jazz, 1974 to 1976)
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
Lawrence Tanter Public Address Announcer 1981-1982 N/A