Record and standing: 46-36, 2nd in Western Division
Hall of Famer(s): Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain
Scoring leader: Jerry West (31.2 PPG)
Rebounds leader: Wilt Chamberlain (18.4 RPG)
Assists leader: Jerry West (6.9 APG)
Round eliminated: NBA Finals
After a hugely disappointing defeat in the Finals the year before, the 1969-70 Lakers entered the season feeling like the title was theirs for the taking. The Celtics had been dismantled in the offseason with the retirements of Bill Russell and Sam Jones, but the Lakers never totally got on track as they were forced to deal with injuries to stars Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, and Jerry West that allowed these key players to participate in just 12, 54, and 74 regular season games, respectively.
They nevertheless clawed their way into the Finals once they had their fully healthy squad, sweeping the Hawks in the Western Conference Finals in truly impressive fashion. Their seven game battle is best remembered for Game 7, where playing in Madison Square Garden the Lakers were upstaged by Willis Reed's (brief) return and Walt Frazier's heroics as they fell to the Knicks.