Threatt was one of the most productive Lakers in that transition period between Magic Johnson’s first retirement and the arrival of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in the late '90s.
Originally traded from Seattle to be a backup to Johnson, Threatt was thrust into the starting role with Johnson’s sudden retirement in 1991. Threatt responded with two exceptional seasons, averaging 15 points and seven assists in each. In 1992-93, Threatt became the second Laker, after Johnson, to lead the team in scoring, assists and steals.
By 1996, his production and playing time having declined partly because of the development of Nick Van Exel, Threatt was traded to Houston.