1980–81 Los Angeles Lakers season
The Lakers were attempting to become the first team since 1969 to repeat as NBA Champions. Despite missing Magic Johnson for 45 games due to a knee injury, the Lakers still managed an impressive 54-28 record during the regular season, and they were the #3 seed heading into the Western Conference playoffs. However, the underdog Houston Rockets eliminated the Lakers in a best-of-three first round series two games to one.
The Lakers did not have a first round pick in the 1980 Draft. Their first selection was Wayne Robinson, the 31st pick overall, but he never played a game for the Lakers. Future NBA Coach Butch Carter was their second selection at #37 overall.
|1980–81 Los Angeles Lakers roster|
- Shooting guard Magic Johnson missed 45 games during the season after suffering a torn cartilage in his left knee on November 18 during a game against the Kansas City Kings.
- z, y – division champions
- x – clinched playoff spot
Record vs. opponents
West First Round
- Game 1 @ Los Angeles: Houston 111, Los Angeles 107
- Game 2 @ Houston: Los Angeles 111, Houston 106
- Game 3 @ Los Angeles: Houston 89, Los Angeles 86
Note: GP= Games played; MPG= Minutes per Game; REB = Rebounds; AST = Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; PPG = Points per Game
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, First Team All-NBA, First Team All-Defense, All-Star
- Michael Cooper, Second Team All-Defense
- Jamaal Wilkes, All-Star