Lakers or Celtics: Who Has the Better Starters?

Prasaad AyyanarContributor IDecember 4, 2008

Derek Fisher vs. Rajon Rondo

Derek Fisher: 9 PPG, 3.2 APG, 2.2 RPG, and 81% FT in 11 seasons—and solid, veteran leadership.

Rajon Rondo: 8.7 PPG, 4.8 APG, 4 RPG, and 63% FT in three seasons.

Though Rondo's numbers are comparatively better, Fisher has three championship rings, been to the Finals five times, whereas Rondo is fresh off of his lone Finals experience.

Lakers by one.


Kobe Bryant vs. Ray Allen

Kobe Bryant: 25 PPG, 4.6 APG, 5.3 RPG, and 84% FT in 11 seasons.

Ray Allen: 21 PPG, 3.8 APG, 4.5 RPG, and 89% FT in 11 seasons.

Bryant’s three rings trump Allen’s single ring. Additionally, Bryant is a 10-time All-Star and plays at the level of Michael Jordan. Allen is only an eight-time All-Star.

Lakers by two.


Andrew Bynum vs. Kendrik Perkins

Andrew Bynum: 8 PPG, 6 RPG, 1.4 BPG, and 66% FT in four seasons.

Kendrick Perkins: 5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.2 BPG, and 62% FT in five seasons.

So I give Bynum more points and the Lakers command the lead.

Lakers by three.


Kevin Garnett vs. Pau Gasol

Paul Gasol: 19 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 3.1 APG, and 73% FT in nine seasons.

Kevin Garnett: 20 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 1.6 BPG, 4.4 APG, and 78% FT in 14 seasons.

KG’s stats are way better than Gasol’s stats. Garnett, like Bryant, is a 10-time All-Star, which beats Gasol’s single appearance in an All-Star game.

Lakers lead, 3-1.


Paul Pierce vs. Vladimir Radmanovic

Vladimir Radmanovic: 9.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 38% 3PT, and 76% FT in nine seasons.

Paul Pierce: 23 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 3.9 APG, 36% 3PT, and 79% FT in 11 seasons.

Without a doubt, Paul Pierce is a much better player than Vladimir Radmanovic.

Lakers lead, 3-2.


In conclusion, the Lakers starters are better than Boston, by a final margin of 3-2.

Also, we all know that with Lamar Odom, Jordan Farmar, Trevor Ariza, and Sasha Vujacic starring as the bench mob, they’re much better than the Celtics' bench, who are without James Posey.

With both teams losing only two games this season, and me waiting for Christmas day, I give the Lakers the edge, and name them “Best Team in the League.”