The Los Angeles Lakers see themselves as favorites to win the Pacific Division in the Western Conference this season, but that's no big feat for the Lakers. The real prize is to come out triumphant as the kings of the Western Conference as a whole.
Should they end up meeting in the playoffs, San Antonio is going to be difficult in their own right, but most fans anticipate a Lakers-Thunder matchup for the ages.
In anticipation of a potential meeting between the two, it only seems prudent to take a look at each team's best players and break down who has the better top four.
However, a problem presents itself when you compare the Lakers and the Thunder. Their top players don't all play the same position, and in the case of James Harden, their top players aren't all starters.
In order to get a fair comparison for both teams, I'll size each team's players up depending on the closest position played by their opponents along with a comparison of the team's options. For instance, based on position, Kobe Bryant will be sized up against Harden, but based on his importance for the Lakers he'll be compared to Kevin Durant.
From there we'll take a look at which team is the most top-heavy and which team, based on those four players, is in better shape.
We'll start with the best possible position-by-position face-off.