Los Angeles Lakers Regular Season Rosters

1982-1983 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 13 UCLA 1969 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Billy Ray Bates SG 6-4 210 4 Kentucky State 1978 Rnd 3 Pick 3 United States
  Joe Cooper FC 6-10 230 1 Colorado 1981 Rnd 5 Pick 3 United States
21 Michael Cooper SG 6-5 170 4 New Mexico 1978 Rnd 3 Pick 16 United States
  Clay Johnson SG 6-4 175 2 Missouri 1978 Rnd 5 Pick 22 United States
32 Magic Johnson PG 6-9 255 3 Michigan State 1979 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Dwight Jones FC 6-10 210 9 Houston 1973 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
  Eddie Jordan PG 6-1 170 5 Rutgers 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 11 United States
25 Mitch Kupchak FC 6-9 230 6 North Carolina 1976 Rnd 1 Pick 13 United States
  Mark Landsberger FC 6-8 215 5 Arizona State 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
11 Bob McAdoo FC 6-9 210 10 North Carolina 1972 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
40 Mike McGee GF 6-5 190 1 Michigan 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 19 United States
  Steve Mix F 6-7 215 12 Toledo 1969 Rnd 5 Pick 4 United States
  Norm Nixon G 6-2 170 5 Duquesne 1977 Rnd 1 Pick 22 United States
18 Kurt Rambis F 6-8 213 2 Santa Clara 1980 Rnd 3 Pick 12 United States
52 Jamaal Wilkes GF 6-6 190 8 UCLA 1974 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
42 James Worthy SF 6-9 225 0 North Carolina 1982 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States

1982-1983 L.A. Lakers Depth Chart

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

1982-1983 Pacific Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Los Angeles Lakers58-24-
2Phoenix Suns53-295
3Seattle SuperSonics48-3410
4Portland Trail Blazers46-3612
5Golden State Warriors30-5228
6San Diego Clippers25-5733

1982-1983 L.A. Lakers Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Magic Johnson All-NBA First Team (1983)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar All-NBA Second Team (1983)
Magic Johnson Player Of The Week (03/13/83, 04/10/83)
Michael Cooper All-NBA Defensive Second Team (1983)
James Worthy All-Rookie First Team (1983)
Magic Johnson Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1983)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Western All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1983)
Jamaal Wilkes Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1983)

1982-1983 L.A. Lakers Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 79 32.3 21.8 7.5 2.5 0.8 2.2 2.5
Jamaal Wilkes 80 31.9 19.6 4.3 2.3 0.8 0.2 1.9
Magic Johnson 79 36.8 16.8 8.6 10.5 2.2 0.6 3.8
Norm Nixon 79 34.3 15.1 2.6 7.2 1.3 0.1 3.0
James Worthy 77 25.6 13.4 5.2 1.7 1.2 0.8 2.3
Bob McAdoo 47 21.7 15.0 5.3 0.8 0.9 0.9 1.4
Michael Cooper 82 26.2 7.8 3.3 3.8 1.4 0.6 1.6
Kurt Rambis 78 23.2 7.5 6.8 1.2 1.3 0.8 1.9
Mike McGee 39 9.8 4.0 1.4 0.7 0.3 0.1 0.7
Dwight Jones 32 15.3 4.9 3.6 0.7 0.4 0.3 1.1
Clay Johnson 48 9.3 3.0 1.4 0.5 0.5 0.1 0.5
Mark Landsberger 39 9.1 2.5 3.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.5
Eddie Jordan 35 9.5 2.7 0.7 2.3 0.9 0.0 1.5
Steve Mix 1 17.0 9.0 1.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Billy Ray Bates 4 6.8 1.2 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0
Joe Cooper 2 5.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.5

1982-1983 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. Michael Cooper signed a multi-year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers on November 1, 1982.

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.

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.

James Worthy was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. James Worthy signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on August 1, 1982.

Acquired via Trade

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

Dwight Jones was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Chicago Bulls on February 15, 1983.

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. Mark Landsberger re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on October 22, 1982.

Bob McAdoo was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Lakers from the New Jersey Nets on December 24, 1981. Bob McAdoo re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on November 2, 1982.

Acquired via Free Agency

Billy Ray Bates signed a contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on April 12, 1983.

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.

Steve Mix signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on April 16, 1983.

Kurt Rambis signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on September 13, 1981. Kurt Rambis re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on January 10, 1983.

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

1982-1983 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
Pat Riley Head Coach 1981-1982 Assistant Coach (Los Angeles Lakers, 1979 to 1982)
Bill Bertka Assistant Coach 1981-1982 General Manager (Utah Jazz, 1974 to 1976)
Dave Wohl Assistant Coach 1982-1983 Assistant Coach (Milwaukee Bucks, 1979 to 1982)
Jerry West General Manager 1982-1983 Scout (Los Angeles Lakers, 1979 to 1982)
Bumper Tormohlen Scout 1967-1968 N/A
Chick Hearn Television Play-By-Play 1965-1966 N/A
Lawrence Tanter Public Address Announcer 1981-1982 N/A