1. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant has done so much for this Lakers franchise that it is hard to put it into words.
In 1996, the Lakers traded for the young guard out of high school and from that point on, the only team Bryant has known is the Lakers. He is currently in his 17th season with the Lakers and in that time he has won five championships, two Finals MVPs and one regular season MVP.
Bryant has been the leader of the team ever since Shaquille O’Neal left and even though he had some turbulent times, there is no doubt Kobe has had a positive impact on the franchise.
There is no way the Lakers would be where they are today if it weren’t for Kobe Bryant. He has worked hard every day to make sure he puts the Lakers in a position to succeed and with him leading the charge, there is a good chance the Lakers raise banner number 17 this season.