2004–05 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 2004–05 Los Angeles Lakers season was the franchise's 57th season in the National Basketball Association, and 45th in the city of Los Angeles. The previous season had ended with a crushing defeat in five games to the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals, despite the Lakers being heavily favored. The 2004–05 season is best remembered as a tough one for the Lakers, winning only 34 games and missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. It was also the Lakers first season since 1995-96 without either center Shaquille O'Neal, who was traded to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant, and future draft picks or point guard Derek Fisher, both of whom had been instrumental in the Lakers' previous three championship victories, on the roster.

Phil Jackson was also fired in the offseason and replaced by former Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich. However in February of 2005, Tomjanovich's struggle with cancer forced him to resign and be replaced by Jackson's assistant coach Frank Hamblen for the rest of the season. Following the season, Butler was traded to the Washington Wizards, and Vlade Divac retired.

Draft picks


Roster listing
2004–05 Los Angeles Lakers roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
PG9Atkins, Chucky5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)185 lb (84 kg)1974–08–14South Florida
SG15Bobbitt, Tony6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)190 lb (86 kg)1979–10–22Cincinnati
PG5Brown, Tierre6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)189 lb (86 kg)1979–06–03McNeese State
SG8Bryant, Kobe6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)205 lb (93 kg)1978–08–23Lower Merion HS (PA)
SF1Butler, Caron6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)228 lb (103 kg)1980–03–13Connecticut
C43Cook, Brian6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)234 lb (106 kg)1980–12–04Illinois
C12Divac, Vlade7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)243 lb (110 kg)1968–02–03Serbia
SF3George, Devean6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)235 lb (107 kg)1977–08–29Augsburg
C55Grant, Brian6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)254 lb (115 kg)1972–03–05Xavier
SF20Jones, Jumaine6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)230 lb (104 kg)1979–02–10Georgia
PF14Medvedenko, Slava6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)253 lb (115 kg)1979–04–04Ukraine
C31Mihm, Chris7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)265 lb (120 kg)1979–07–16Texas
PF7Odom, Lamar6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)230 lb (104 kg)1979–11–06Rhode Island
SG18Vujačić, Sasha6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)195 lb (88 kg)1984–03–08Slovenia
SF4Walton, Luke6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)235 lb (107 kg)1980–03–28Arizona
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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


Player Salaries

Regular season

Season standings

Record vs. opponents

Game log

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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