10. Michael Cooper
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Although he never won the Sixth Man of the Year award, Michael Cooper was surely one of the most integral and exciting pieces to the Showtime Lakers of the 1980’s. He was an athletic 6-foot-5 wing, was one of the best dunkers of his era, and could defend just about anyone. Despite starting just 94 games in his 12 year career, Cooper was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team eight times, and was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year for 1986-87.
When it comes to the Showtime Lakers, obviously the first name that pops into mind is Magic, followed by Kareem and James Worthy. But after that, Cooper has to be one of the first names people think of, a pretty amazing feat considering he never started more than 20 games in a season and only scored 7,729 career points.