Bill Bertka, the Lakers' director of scouting/basketball consultant, has been with the franchise for nearly half a century.
One of his earliest achievements was helping the Lakers put together the team that won the title in 1972, the club's first in Los Angeles.
The Lakers drafted McMillian in 1970 with the 13th overall pick.
"Jim McMillian was a 6-foot-5 small forward from Columbia University," remembered Bertka. "Elgin Baylor retired in 1971, in the beginning of the '71-'72 season."
Baylor was a Hall of Famer for the Lakers who retired nine games into the season with knee issues.
"Jim McMillian took his spot," said Bertka. "That team won 33 straight games, no discredit to Elgin but that team took off."
McMillian averaged 18.8 points a game on 48.2% shooting through the Lakers' championship season.NBA and NCAA levels.