The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most storied franchises in NBA history. With the second most titles in league history, the Hollywood-based franchise featured some of the biggest stars the game of basketball has ever seen.

Most would know the Lakers for their great big men over the years, but they also had some great players from the other positions. Obviously, Kobe Bryant is the undisputed king of all Lakers shooting guards (spoiler alert). Though it may not be as deep as their historic lineup of centers, the Lakers featured some of the best perimeter players in league history at that position. With that said, here are the greatest shooting guards in Los Angeles Lakers history:

Michael Cooper

The Lakers selected Cooper with the 60th pick in the 1978 NBA draft. Little did they know that they were drafting an integral piece of their of their franchise in the 1980’s.

While offense became the name of Scott’s game, Cooper, on the one hand, made his mark on the defensive end. The 6-foot-5 eventually found himself playing heavy minutes off the bench by his sophomore season. He only averaged 8.9 points through his 12 year career. However, he earned his playing time through his tenacity and efforts defensively.

Often tasked to guard the opposing team’s best perimeter player, Cooper helped the Lakers win five titles in the 1980’s. Cooper made the All-Defensive eight times in his career and won the Defensive Player of the Year in 1986-87.

Byron Scott

If you were asked to name the great Lakers players in the 1980’s, Byron Scott would probably fall among the fifth to seventh player you would name. Scott never carried the star of a Magic Johnson, or a Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar, or a James Worthy.

Nonetheless, the undersized shooting guard still established himself as a key player for some of Los Angeles’ championship runs in the 1980’s. Scott’s scoring ability and athleticism became a perfect match of the Lakers’ “Showtime” offense. Likewise, he was the beneficiary of some of Magic Johnson’s Houdini-esque passes in the fastbreak.

The 6-foot-3 guard never made an All-Star team with the Lakers or in his career, but he was still a key contributor for them in three of their five championship squads in the 80’s. In fact, Scott actually led the Lakers in scoring in the 1987-88 season, averaging 21.7 points.

Gail Goodrich

Gail Goodrich isn’t the first name that would pop up in the minds of most modern-day Lakers fans when asked about their team in the 1970’s. However, the 6-foot-1 guard became one of the most important players in Los Angeles’ 1971-72 championship squad.

The Los Angeles native spent nine seasons with the franchise, in two different stints, the being his first three years in the NBA. The Lakers then lost the undersized two-guard to the Phoenix Suns in the 1968 expansion draft. It is with the Suns where Goodrich broke out into a star. However, the sweet-shooting lefty soon found his way back to his hometown Lakers a couple of seasons later.

The move paid dividends for Los Angeles as they eventually dominated the 1971-72 season, where Goodrich helped the Lakers set an NBA record 33 straight wins. As mentioned, they eventually won the NBA championship that year, with “Stumpy” leading them in scoring by averaging a career-best 25.9 points.

In nine seasons with the Lakers, Goodrich turned in nightly numbers of 19.0 points and 4.2 assists. Goodrich made the All-Star team with the Lakers from the 1971-72 season through the 1974-75 season. Through those prime years of his career, the 5-time All-Star averaged nearly 25 points and five assists, while shooting 46 percent from the field, as one of the Lakers’ top stars.

Jerry West

Many would argue about whether Jerry West played point guard or shooting guard in his career. However, those debates don’t matter because the 6-foot-2 combo guard pretty much did it all.

He could score as evidenced by his 27.0 points per game career scoring mark. He also had four 30-plus point seasons through his career, including winning the scoring title in 1969-70. Likewise, The Logo is also a gifted passer and playmaker. He led the league in assists in 1971-72, where he reinvented his game and became the Lakers’ primary playmaker en route to their dominant 1972 title.

Known as “Mr. Clutch”, West provided Lakers fans with countless of classic moments, including his game-tying hafl-court heave in the 1970 Finals. Though he reached the basketball summit just once in his career, West is still remembered for playing his best when it counts the most. In fact, West is the only player in NBA history to win a Finals MVP despite losing in the championship round.

The accolades speak for themselves: 14-time All-Star, 5-time All-Defensive team member, 1969 Finals MVP, and 1972 NBA champion.

Kobe Bryant

This is an obvious choice. There is no other Laker deserving of this spot other than Kobe Bean Bryant. In fact, Kobe Bryant is arguably the greatest Los Angeles Laker of all time.

Bryant spent all of his 20 years with the Purple and Gold. In his two-decade run with the franchise, The Black Mamba experienced the highest of the highs, and the lowest of the lows. Nonetheless, Lakers fans stuck by their guy, and Bryant stuck through with them through it all.

From 81-point games, to buzzer beating daggers against Phoenix, to, of course, five NBA championships, Kobe provided Lakers fans with countless of classic moments through his legendary career. Lakers fans also felt the pain when Kobe went down with his Achilles injury in 2013, an injury that proved to be career-altering for the Lakers legend. Though Bryant’s last few seasons were riddled with injury, the former league MVP made sure to close his NBA chapter in the only way he knew how: by scoring 60 points in his finale and in the process, providing Lakers fans with one final memorable moment.

Bryant’s incredible career deservedly earned him a spot in this year’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, we will never get to hear the Lakers legend’s Hall of Fame speech after his tragic passing over two months ago.

But as current Lakers superstar LeBron James said, Kobe may be gone, but he will never be forgotten and will live in the hearts of all basketball fans all over the world.