The Best Team in the NBA Right Now

Frankie Anetzberger@FXAContributor IIJanuary 16, 2010

Immediately three teams come to mind. The Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. I'm here to tell you that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the best team in the league right now. I will veer away from the typical "blogger" opinion and provide you with all the facts and stats you need.

Point Guard

LA - Derek Fisher

I love D-Fish, he's by far my favorite Laker and can shoot the lights out from time to time. Fish is currently averaging 7.0 PPG, 2.7 APG, and 1.0 SPG. At this point in his career, he only has the capability of making a game winning shot. He doesn't contribute anything on offense, and their true point guard is really Kobe Bryant. He does bring a little bit of intensity on the defense end, but Fish has already peaked and is beginning to flirt with the thought of retirement.

CLE - Mo Williams

Fog Raw has become the Cavaliers second best player over the past two seasons. Mo's numbers are again all-star quality with 16.7 PPG, 5.0 APG, and a 43.6 three-point percentage. Mo's biggest asset is his availability. Without a doubt in any NBA team's mind, Lebron is the Cavs first option on any play. Mo has been able to spot up and drill long range shots off Lebron drives, and it has proven to be successful for the Cavaliers. Mo is also one of three Cavalier players that rank in the top three for three-point percentage, alongside Boobie Gibson and Anthony Parker.

Advantage - Fog Raw

Shooting Guard

LA - Kobe Bryant

Do we really need to even to compare him to another shooting guard in the leauge? No disrespect to Anthony Parker, but even D-Wade would lose this one. Mamba is averaging 28.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 4.2 RPG. Kobe has hit several game winners already this season and is playing through multiple injuries. His team holds the league's best record and the Lakers are on target to make yet another finals run. Like Evan Williams whiskey, "The longer you wait, the better it gets." Kobe Bryant is making a strong case that he is getting better the older he gets.

CLE - Anthony Parker

AP has been a great addition to the Cavs so far this season. The former Raptor is shooting the lights out from beyond the arc and actually has a better three point percentage than a field goal percentage. AP is averaging 7.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG, and 1.8 APG. The Cavaliers lead the league in three point percentage and his 46.7% is the Cavs highest. With Delonte West's off-court issues, Parker has earned the starting job at the two. His scoring is down about three points from last season, but the Cavs are the top team in the east and I'm sure Anthony isn't worried about his numbers if the team is winning.

Advantage - Kobe Bryant

Small Forward

LA - Lamar "The Candy Man" Odom

Lamar has probably made his name best known this year for his marriage to Khloe Kardashian, but he's not doing too shabby on the court either. Odom is averaging just under a double-double with 9.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG, and 3.9 APG. I don't know if its me, but the few time I have seen Odom play on TV, he's been given a technical foul and was ejected when they versed Cleveland. Lamar's scoring average is down from his career numbers, but the Lakers have the best record in the league and they're are plenty of other contributors. Again like Kobe, Lamar won't match-up with Lebron but he's still an offensive threat for opposing teams.

CLE - Lebron James

Lebron is making winning look easy this season. Some are questioning his determination because of his frequent dance-off's, but the King has led his team to the top of the Eastern Conference. James is dropping an eastern conference best 29.5 PPG, as well as 7.8 APG and 7.2 RPG. The King has five 40-point games as is in contention for the MVP award with Kobe Bryant. Lebron trails only Carmelo Anthony in points by .3 points. In his final contract year with the Cavaliers, Lebron is giving his all to bring Cleveland a championship. If he they fail, Lebron might be wearing the #6 for somebody else next year.

Advantage - The King

Power Forward

LA - Pau Gasol
The Lakers have been much more successful with Pao than without him. Six of the Lakers nine losses have come while Pau was out. Gasol has only played 23 of the 40 games for LA but is averaging 17.0 PPG, 11.3 RPG, and 3.4 APG. Granted Pau stays healthy for the playoffs, western conference teams are going to have a difficult time guarding the paint. Pau only really bad game this year came against the Cavs on Christmas day.

CLE - J.J. Hickson
J.J. has finally come on to the NBA scene with multiple starts for Cavaliers. When he is give more than 15 minutes, Hickson is very productive. Cleveland has split his playing time with Andseron Varejao and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and rightfully so. Hickson was 6th man material in his rookie year last season and is starting to be a good plus/minus player this year.

Advantage - Pau Gasol


LA - Andrew Bynum

When healthy, Bynum can be the Lakers best post asset. The Lakers are at their best when Both Bynum and Gasol are playing well. Like last night, both players dropped 20 points and the Lakers beat the Clippers by 40. No, beating the Clippers isn't something to brag about but a win is a win. Bynum currently averages 15.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG, and 1.5 BPG. If he can keep his cool throuhgout an entire season and continue playing at the level he is now, the Lakers are going to be extremely tough to beat.

CLE - ?

I don't know about other people, but I still think the Cavs should start Zydrunas Ilgauskas. It's got to be an ego thing by starting Shaq. Ilgauskas' numbers are down considerably because his minutes have dropped about six minutes. Out of the Cavaliers 11 losses, 7-9 of them came while Shaq played more than 20 minutes. In the six games Shaq missed, the Cavaliers were 5-1. I'm not a Shaq hater, in fact I actually think he was a great player. I emphasize the word WAS though. Shaq can still play in the league and will still put fans in the stands, I just don't think the Cavaliers should be starting him. When Ilgauskas started last year he averaged 12.9 PPG in 27 minutes. Shaq is currently putting up 10.5 PPG in 22 minutes.

Advantage - Andrew Bynum

So according to those comparisons, the Lakers come out with edge on starting five players. However, there is one thing I believe the Cavaliers have this year that the Lakers don't. The Cavaliers have something to prove to the NBA. They've been flirting with a title for several years now and have yet to cash in. This is Lebron's last contract year in Cleveland and the Cavaliers need at bare minimum a championship to keep him. What do the Lakers have to prove, or even lose at this point? They dominated last year and are dominating again this season. Kobe proved he could win a championship without Shaq and now the Lakers are just coasting. Their only threat in the West appears to be the Nuggets and maybe San Antonio if they can pull through. I see the Cavaliers putting everything on the table this postseason and I see a championship at the end of this season.




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