60-22, First in Pacific Division
Defeated Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Finals, 4-2
Head Coaches: Jack McKinney, Paul Westhead
1. New Coach Jack McKinney suffers life-threatening injuries 13 games into the season as the result of a bike accident. He is replaced by Paul Westhead.
2. The Lakers win the NBA title in Game 6 at Philadelphia without Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as rookie Magic Johnson scores 42 points, grabs 15 rebounds and has seven assists while playing every position.
3. Johnson is named MVP of the NBA Finals, the only rookie in history to win that award.
Standing, left to right (players only): Butch Lee, Brad Holland, Mark Landsberger, Marty Byrnes, Michael Cooper, Norm Nixon.
Seated, left to right (players only): Spencer Haywood, Jamaal Wilkes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jim Chones.
Not pictured: Ron Boone, Kenny Carr, Don Ford, Oliver Mack.