1989–90 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 1989–90 NBA season was the Lakers' 42nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 30th in the city of Los Angeles. Despite the retirement of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and an NBA Finals defeat in which they were swept in four games by the Detroit Pistons, the Lakers got off to a fast start winning ten of their first eleven games, on their way finishing the regular season with a league-best 63–19 record. However, after defeating the Houston Rockets in four games in the first round of the playoffs, the Lakers were upset in the Western Conference Semifinals by the 5th-seeded Phoenix Suns in five games. It was the first time in nine years that the Lakers did not reach the Western Conference Finals, ending a run that started in 1981—the longest series of consecutive NBA Conference Finals appearances since Bill Russell's Boston Celtics in 1969.

Ninth-year head coach Pat Riley resigned after the season and was replaced by Mike Dunleavy. He would return to coach the New York Knicks for the 1991–92 season. Following the season, Orlando Woolridge was traded to the Denver Nuggets.

Magic Johnson won the league's MVP trophy—his third in four years—in a controversial voting over Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers. Johnson received fewer first-place votes (27 of the 92 cast) than Barkley (38), but totaled 636 points in the ballot compared to Barkley's 614.

Three members of the team, Johnson, James Worthy and A.C. Green were all selected for the 1990 NBA All-Star Game.

Draft picks


Roster listing
Los Angeles Lakers roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
SG21United StatesCooper, Michael6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)170 lb (77 kg)New Mexico
C12Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaDivac, Vlade7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)243 lb (110 kg)Yugoslavia
PG10United StatesDrew, Larry6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)170 lb (77 kg)Missouri
PF45United StatesGreen, A. C.6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)220 lb (100 kg)Oregon State
PG32United StatesJohnson, Magic6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)Michigan State
SF49United StatesMcCants, Mel6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)240 lb (109 kg)Purdue
C31United StatesMcNamara, Mark6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)235 lb (107 kg)California
SG4United StatesScott, Byron6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)195 lb (88 kg)Arizona State
C43The BahamasThompson, Mychal6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)226 lb (103 kg)Minnesota
SF3United StatesVincent, Jay6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)220 lb (100 kg)Michigan State
PF0United StatesWoolridge, Orlando6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)Notre Dame
SF42United StatesWorthy, James6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)225 lb (102 kg)North Carolina
Head coach

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season

Season standings

z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

Game log


West First Round

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (8) Houston Rockets: Lakers win series 3–1

  • Game 1 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (April 27): Los Angeles 101, Houston 89
  • Game 2 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles (April 29): Los Angeles 104, Houston 100
  • Game 3 @ The Summit, Houston (May 1): Houston 114, Los Angeles 108
  • Game 4 @ The Summit, Houston (May 3): Los Angeles 109, Houston 88

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Western Conference Finals (Houston won 4–1)

West Conference Semifinals

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (5) Phoenix Suns: Suns win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Western Conference Finals (Los Angeles won 4–0)

Player statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game



Awards and records


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