Record and standing: 55-27, 1st in Western Division
Hall of Famer(s): Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain
Scoring leader: Jerry West (25.9 PPG)
Rebounds leader: Wilt Chamberlain (21.1 RPG)
Assists leader: Jerry West (6.9 APG)
Round eliminated: NBA Finals
To put themselves over the championship hump, the Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain in the run-up to the 1968-69 season. They figured that, combined with their All-Stars Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, this trio would dominate the league and finally push the Lakers past the rival Celtics. To an extent, they were right; all three of their players made the All-Star team, Baylor and West made first and second team All-NBA, respectively, forward Bill Hewitt was named to the All-Rookie first team, and West won Finals MVP.
Sounds like a championship season, right? Wrong. Despite a herculean (and MVP) effort from West, the Lakers dropped a heartbreaking Finals to the Celtics in seven games, with Chamberlain inexplicably riding the bench late in Game 7.