Win Percentage: 59.8
Years per Playoff Appearance: 1.15
Years per Finals Appearance:
Years per Finals Appearance:2.26
Years per Championship: 4.31
All-Stars per Season: 1.99
The last four years have been so tough for the Los Angeles Lakers fanbase because this is entirely uncharted territory. They had the worst record in franchise history during the 2015-16 season (17-65), have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1976 and have nearly doubled the total number of lottery finishes.
Prior to 2013, the Purple and Gold had watched the postseason from afar only five times. The playoffs haven't been a goal, so much as a realistic expectation year in and year out.
And that makes sense.
The Lakers have a certain prestige factor associated with them. It's why they can attempt to lure in prominent free agents by showing off trophies and the remarkable history of the organization. As the thinking goes, why wouldn't they want to play for the same franchise that once featured Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kobe Bryant—gasps for air—Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Clyde Lovellette, Pau Gasol—needs more air—Vlade Divac, Happy Hairston and so many other significant figures?
Only the Boston Celtics have had more All-Stars per season, and differentiation requires a fourth significant figure (1.9855 to 1.9859). For all intents and purposes, they've boasted an equal amount of star power.
We used five categories for this project, and the Lakers finished with top-two placement in all of them. Thirty-one Finals appearances in 69 seasons is the only No. 1 finish. But losing out to the San Antonio Spurs in winning percentage and years per playoff appearance, as well as the Celtics in titles and All-Stars? There's no shame in that.
Los Angeles is still trying to reclaim its former glory with its core of young up-and-comers. But no one else can touch the franchise's historical success.
Adam Fromal covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @fromal09.