Sizing Up LA Lakers with Top 5 NBA Powerhouse Teams

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Sizing Up LA Lakers with Top 5 NBA Powerhouse Teams
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Kobe Bryant. Dwight Howard. Steve Nash. Pau Gasol.

No other team can bring such a star studded lineup to the hardwood each night, and heading into the next season it's the strength of that foursome that has catapulted the Lakers back into the championship conversation.

Nash's acquisition on offense has shored up the Lakers greatest positional weakness. The former Sun combines elite shooting and play-making that has the potential to give defenses fits. He can run the pick and roll, be a spot up shooter and control the general flow of the game better than most of his peers.

With Howard, the Lakers have added the best defensive big man in the league. His ability to hedge and recover in the pick and roll while also protecting the rim via his ability to deter or outright erase shots gives the Lakers a defensive foundation only few teams possess.

And with Kobe and Pau, the Lakers maintain the duo most responsible for bringing the franchise their most recent championship banners. Their chemistry suffered somewhat in the last couple of seasons, but with the aforementioned additions both players should be rejuvenated in their pursuit of adding to their legacies.

All that said, no one should be handing the Lakers the Larry O'Brien trophy in August. The games must still be played and other teams have staked their claims to being amongst the league elite over countless games these past few seasons. This incarnation of the Lakers has yet to play a minute together and will need their talents to mesh on the court as well as it does on paper. 

How do they stack up to other title contenders? Let's explore.

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