It will never be known how good Lester could have been in the NBA, because recurring leg injuries cut his career short, but he provided glimpses of how good he might have been.
Iowa retired Lester's number before he left school, hanging his No. 12 jersey from the rafters before his final game with the team. At that time, Lester had the Iowa records for scoring and assists.
Lester played in two seasons with the Lakers and was a member of the 1984-85 NBA title team.