38. Michael Cooper

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38. Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper is one of the most popular players in Laker history.  Why?  He wasn’t that great of a scorer though he did develop a very solid three point shot as his career progressed and he could always finish a break.  His popularity was stemmed from doing whatever the team needed him to do to win.  This mainly meant playing shutdown defense on perimeter players.  Cooper may be the best defender ever to wear a Laker uniform.  A five time champion and five time All First Team Defensive NBA Selection, Cooper is one of the best sixth men ever; and man did he look good in yellow and purple!



Should Michael Cooper be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 1996
  • Position: Shooting Guard, Small Forward
  • Played For: Los Angeles Lakers
  • College: New Mexico
  • Drafted: 3rd Round, 60th Overall in 1978
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Defensive Player of the Year (1) (1986-87)
    First Team NBA Defensive Selection (5) (1981-82, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1986-87 & 1987-88)
    Second Team NBA Defensive Selection (3) (1980-81, 1982-83 & 1985-86)
    Championship Rings: (5) (Los Angeles Lakers, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1984-85, 1986-87 & 1987-88)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Three Point Field Goals: (3) (1983-84, 1985-86 & 1986-87)
    Top Ten Finishes: Three Point Field Goal Percentage: (3) (1983-84, 1985-86 & 1986-87)

Should Michael Cooper be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.6%

Comments   

0 #3 Randolph Greer 2016-04-29 21:14
I refuse to believe that those who decide on who gets in the Hall Of Fame would ever vote against Michael Cooper when his name is mentioned.
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0 #2 Mark Snyder 2015-09-13 03:28
Michael Cooper was one of the greatest defensive players in NBA hiatory. Leaving him out because he was on a team with great scorers, and his job was always defense of the others teams star scorer displays how broken the HOF system is.
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0 #1 TheBayAreaGuy 2015-02-24 22:18
The only other player besides Magic & Kareem to be on all 5 Lakers champ teams in '80s. He will eventually be recognized as he a key part in all five.
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