Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most famous NBA franchises. They have won 17 NBA championships and had some of the greatest players ever compete for them.

The Purple and Gold featured Shaquille and Kobe Bryant, arguably the best duo in the history of the NBA. 

Their physicality, skill, size, and mentality helped them win three straight NBA titles. We have never seen a better duo of guard-centers on the court today.

It's always fascinating to look back at the Lakers' history, as they may have had the best talent selection over other franchises. 

Let's take a look at  the top Lakers players between 2001 and 2005.

2000-01 - Shaquille O'Neal

Stats: 28.7 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 0.6 SPG, 2.8 BPG

Achievements And Awards: NBA Championship, Finals MVP, All-Star, All-NBA First Team Selection, All-Defensive Second Team Selection

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2001-02 - Shaquille O'Neal

Stats: 27.2 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 2.0 BPG

Achievements And Awards: NBA Championship, Finals MVP, All-Star, All-NBA First Team Selection

2002-03 - Kobe Bryant

Stats: 30.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 5.9 APG, 2.2 SPG, 0.8 BPG

2003-04 - Kobe Bryant

Stats: 24.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Achievements And Awards: All-Star, All-NBA First Team Selection, All-Defensive First Team Selection

2004-05 - Kobe Bryant

Stats: 27.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 6.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG

Achievements And Awards: All-Star, All-NBA Third Team Selection