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In the 2003-2004 season, the Phoenix Suns won 29 games. They added Steve Nash during the offseason and won 62 games the next season.
Now just imagine what he can do for a team like the Lakers.
The NBA's best passer is joining one of the greatest pure scorers of all time to go along with the league's best frontcourt duo. Their fourth best player is Pau Gasol. That's scary no matter who you are.
The key is going to be figuring out how to keep both Nash and Kobe Bryant happy. My guess is that Kobe relinquishes control of the team during the first three quarters and takes over in the fourth. At this point in his career, he can't afford to be petty. If he's going to win a sixth championship, he has to defer.
If anyone can get him to do it, it's Nash. He'll get Kobe easy shots without the need for lengthy isolations. Kobe has never played with a distributor like Nash, so while he may resist at first, he'll eventually embrace the fact that he doesn't have to carry the load every night.
The next step is going to be building the bench. Bringing back Jordan Hill is critical because they need youth. Next on the list is Grant Hill. If they can bring both of those guys in along with another veteran or two, they'll be set to compete for the title.
Oh, and one more thing, if the Lakers do trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard, it's over. For everyone. Barring an injury, they would win the championship. Nobody could stop Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol at the same time.
They're three completely unique superstars and another pseudo star who himself is one of a kind. Imagine if you swapped Dwyane Wade with Chris Paul and then added James Harden to the Heat and you'd get the idea. The Lakers with Dwight would be all but unbeatable.
Luckily for the league, Dwight inexplicably doesn't want to be a Laker. That's a story for another time. For now, know that Lakers are right there with the next two teams for the honor of being my title favorite.