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Lakers History: Best and Worst Seasons

Year by year records of the Lakers franchise, including Minneapolis and Los Angeles ordered from best to worst

Here you have all the Lakers regular seasons ordered from best to worst. At the top of the list is the 1971-72 season where the Lakers won an NBA-record 33 consecutive games.

The seasons from 2014 to 2018 --the 5 seasons previous to LeBron James arrival-- are all in the bottom 10 here and that includes the 2 worst season in franchise history. The 2020 regular season (previous to the Lakers winning their 17th championship) is 12th best in Lakers history.

Best season: 1971-72, 69-13 (.841)
Worst Season: 2015-16, 17-65 (.207)

Lakers best and worst seasons year by year:

      Regular Season Playoffs
No.
Season
City W L % Div. Standing W L % Performance
1 1971-72 L.A. 69 13 .841 1st Pacific 12 3 .800 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
2 1999-00 L.A. 67 15 .817 1st Pacific 15 8 .652 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
3 2008-09 L.A. 65 17 .793 1st Pacific 16 7 .696 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
  1986-87 L.A. 65 17 .793 1st Pacific 15 3 .833 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
5 1989-90 L.A. 63 19 .768 1st Pacific 4 5 .444 Lost West Conf Semis
6 1987-88 L.A. 62 20 .756 1st Pacific 15 9 .625 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
  1985-86 L.A. 62 20 .756 1st Pacific 8 6 .571 Lost West Conf Finals
  1984-85 L.A. 62 20 .756 1st Pacific 15 4 .789 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
9 1949-50 Min. 51 17 .750 1st Central 10 2 .833 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
10 1997-98 L.A. 61 21 .744 1st Pacific 7 6 .538 Lost West Conf Finals
11 1948-49 Min. 44 16 .733 2nd Western 8 2 .800 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
12 2019-20 L.A. 52 19 .732 1st Pacific 16 5 .762 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
13 1979-80 L.A. 60 22 .732 1st Pacific 12 4 .750 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
  1972-73 L.A. 60 22 .732 1st Pacific 9 8 .529 Lost NBA Finals
15 2001-02 L.A. 58 24 .707 2nd Pacific 15 4 .789 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
  1990-91 L.A. 58 24 .707 2nd Pacific 12 7 .632 Lost NBA Finals
  1982-83 L.A. 58 24 .707 1st Pacific 8 7 .533 Lost NBA Finals
18 2010-11 L.A. 57 25 .695 1st Pacific 4 6 .400 Lost West Conf Semis
  2009-10 L.A. 57 25 .695 1st Pacific 16 7 .696 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
  2007-08 L.A. 57 25 .695 1st Pacific 14 7 .667 Lost NBA Finals
  1988-89 L.A. 57 25 .695 1st Pacific 11 4 .733 Lost NBA Finals
  1981-82 L.A. 57 25 .695 1st Pacific 12 2 .857 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
23 1952-53 Min. 48 22 .686 1st Western 9 3 .750 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
24 2003-04 L.A. 56 26 .683 1st Pacific 13 9 .591 Lost NBA Finals
  2000-01 L.A. 56 26 .683 1st Pacific 15 1 .938 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
  1996-97 L.A. 56 26 .683 2nd Pacific 4 5 .444 Lost West Conf Semis
27 1961-62 L.A. 54 26 .675 1st Western 7 6 .538 Lost NBA Finals
28 1968-69 L.A. 55 27 .671 1st Western 11 7 .611 Lost NBA Finals
29 1962-63 L.A. 53 27 .662 1st Western 6 7 .462 Lost NBA Finals
30 1983-84 L.A. 54 28 .659 1st Pacific 14 7 .667 Lost NBA Finals
  1980-81 L.A. 54 28 .659 2nd Pacific 1 2 .333 Lost West Conf 1st Rd
32 1950-51 Min. 44 24 .647 1st Western 3 4 .429 Lost West Div Finals
33 1995-96 L.A. 53 29 .646 2nd Pacific 1 3 .250 Lost West Conf 1st Rd
  1976-77 L.A. 53 29 .646 1st Pacific 4 7 .364 Lost West Conf Finals
35 1953-54 Min. 46 26 .639 1st Western 9 4 .692 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
36 1967-68 L.A. 52 30 .634 2nd Western 10 5 .667 Lost NBA Finals
37 2011-12 * L.A. 41 25 .621 1st Pacific 5 7 .385 Lost West Conf Semis
38 1998-99 * L.A. 31 19 .620 2nd Pacific 3 5 .375 Lost West Conf Semis
39 1964-65 L.A. 49 31 .613 1st Western 5 6 .455 Lost NBA Finals
40 2002-03 L.A. 50 32 .610 2nd Pacific 6 6 .500 Lost West Conf Semis
41 1951-52 Min. 40 26 .606 2nd Western 9 4 .692 NBA ChampionsWon NBA Finals
42 1994-95 L.A. 48 34 .585 3rd Pacific 5 5 .500 Lost West Conf Semis
  1970-71 L.A. 48 34 .585 1st Pacific 5 7 .417 Lost West Conf Finals
44 1978-79 L.A. 47 35 .573 3rd Pacific 3 5 .375 Lost West Conf Semis
  1973-74 L.A. 47 35 .573 1st Pacific 1 4 .200 Lost West Conf Semis
46 1965-66 L.A. 45 35 .562 1st Western 7 7 .500 Lost NBA Finals
47 1969-70 L.A. 46 36 .561 2nd Western 11 7 .611 Lost NBA Finals
48 1954-55 Min. 40 32 .556 2nd Western 3 4 .429 Lost West Div Finals
49 2012-13 L.A. 45 37 .549 3rd Pacific 0 4 .000 Lost West Conf 1st Rd
  2005-06 L.A. 45 37 .549 3rd Pacific 3 4 .428 Lost West Conf 1st Rd
  1977-78 L.A. 45 37 .549 4th Pacific 1 2 .333 Lost West Conf 1st Rd
52 1963-64 L.A. 42 38 .525 3rd Western 2 3 .400 Lost West Div Semis
53 1991-92 L.A. 43 39 .524 6th Pacific 1 3 .250 Lost West Conf 1st Rd
54 2006-07 L.A. 42 40 .512 2nd Pacific 1 4 .200 Lost West Conf 1st Rd
55 1975-76 L.A. 40 42 .488 4th Pacific - - - DNQ
56 1992-93 L.A. 39 43 .476 5th Pacific 2 3 .400 Lost West Conf 1st Rd
57 1956-57 Min. 34 38 .472 1st Western 2 3 .400 Lost West Div Finals
58 1958-59 Min. 33 39 .458 2nd Western 6 7 .462 Lost NBA Finals
  1955-56 Min. 33 39 .458 2nd Western 1 2 .333 Lost West Div Semis
60 1960-61 L.A. 36 43 .456 2nd Western 6 6 .500 Lost West Div Finals
61 2018-19 L.A. 37 45 .451 4th Pacific - - - DNQ
62 1966-67 L.A. 36 45 .444 3rd Western 0 3 .000 Lost West Div Semis
63 2017-18 L.A. 35 47 .427 3rd Pacific - - - DNQ
64 2004-05 L.A. 34 48 .415 4th Pacific - - - DNQ
65 1993-94 L.A. 33 49 .402 5th Pacific - - - DNQ
66 1974-75 L.A. 30 52 .366 5th Pacific - - - DNQ
67 1959-60 Min. 25 50 .333 3rd Western 5 4 .556 Lost West Div Finals
68 2013-14 L.A. 27 55 .329 5th Pacific - - - DNQ
69 2016-17 L.A. 26 56 .317 4th Pacific - - - DNQ
70 1957-58 Min. 19 53 .264 4th Western - - - DNQ
71 2014-15 L.A. 21 61 .256 5th Pacific - - - DNQ
72 2015-16 L.A. 17 65 .207 5th Pacific - - - DNQ
* strike shortened season
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