10. Jerry Buss (203 first-place votes, 9,352 points) Jerry Buss purchased the Lakers in 1979, and under his esteemed ownership they have won 10 NBA championships with such players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. Before becoming involved with the Lakers and other sports franchises, Buss pursued a career in academia. By age 24, he had earned a master's and doctorate in physical chemistry from USC. Buss was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 5, 2010. He died on Feb. 18, 2013.
Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times