Now that the Los Angeles Lakers have landed Dwight Howard, while only having to give up Andrew Bynum, Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts and a protected first-round pick, their starting five next season will not only be one of the greatest in Lakers’ history, but also one of the best in NBA history.
The Lakers’ five projected starters next season—Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard—total a ridiculous 33 All-Star game appearances among them.
Even though Howard will be the only Lakers starter under the age of 32 next season and seems to be in the worst health of any starter as he rehabs from back surgery, this starting five is extremely formidable, regardless.
On paper, the Lakers are absolutely stacked with talent. While most Lakers fans and some NBA experts already seem to be crowning this revamped roster before the season has even started, they still have everything to prove and a lot of tough teams to beat.
So where does the current Lakers’ starting five stack up with other starting lineups in the franchise’s storied history?
Well, even though this team has bolstered their odds at a championship, and they’ll be grossly popular in NBA2K13, they haven’t played a single game together.
There have been plenty of starting lineups in Lakers history that have won it all, so until this current roster does the same, they can’t be considered the greatest in franchise history (but they are darn close).
Note: Thank you to the website Basketball Reference for making all the research possible. With that said, "games started" did not become a recorded statistic until the 1981-1982 season. Since the majority of those seasons fall 10-20 years before I even existed as a human being, I had to guess some members of starting lineups based upon games played, minutes and positions. If you happened to watch those Lakers teams back in the day, feel free to correct me by pointing out which players really did start on a regular basis.