Greatest Home Returns In NBA History
9 – Gail Goodrich, Los Angeles Lakers (1965-1968, 1970-1976)
Gail Goodrich holds quite a distinction as he was the leading scorer of the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers team that won an NBA record 33-straight wins. Goodrich averaged 25.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists for a team that already had all-time greats Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West. However, Goodrich did not always enjoy a lofty place in La-La Land as he was a mediocre player in his first three seasons in Los Angeles. He was taken away by the Phoenix Suns in the expansion draft of 1968 and this proved to be the turning point of his career as he went on to become the Suns’ leading scorer averaging more than 20 points per contest over two years. It appeared that Goodrich only needed to make himself ripe for the bright lights of LA once more as the Suns traded him to his original team in 1970 to eventually play a major role in putting the Lakers in the NBA’s history book.
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