2 Dream Teams?
The Los Angeles Lakers have picked up veteran Steve Nash and defensive all-star Dwight Howard in order to compete with the championship-stricken Miami Heat. The Miami Heat had a rocky beginning after acquiring both Lebron James and Chris Bosh; however, they pulled out the O’Brien trophy after only two seasons together. This poses a threat to the rest of the NBA, who fear a dynasty in Miami. Until recently the only team who could compete with the Heat are the Thunder, and after last season’s disaster the Heat seem untouchable. The Lakers; however, are on track to compete with the Heat in the 2012-2013 NBA season. The Lakers clutch pick up of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash will even out the playing field at 3 superstars for each team. While some believe the Lakers won’t be able to come together in their debut season, the stats say differently.
Big Man Dominance
When it comes down to it, the real battle between these two teams will be between Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh on offense. Why offense? Everyone knows that Dwight was the defensive player of the year for 3 years in a row, and not much gets past King James offensively. Everyone also knows that James, Wade, Nash, and Kobe Bryant will put up points with out a doubt; therefore, it comes down to the post up battle between the two teams’ big men. Dwight’s field goal percentage for the 2011-2012 season was 57% while Bosh’s was only 51%. This small difference in shooting percentages could be the key to the outcome of the match up between these two teams.
No Time Together
The only weakness that the Lakers must overcome in order to overcome the defending champions would be a lack of chemistry between the players. Although this will be the first season this squad has been together, the Heat won the championship after being together for only two seasons. This means that a lack of chemistry between such all-stars should be a minimal factor in the outcome of these two teams face off. Whatever the outcome may be this will be one match up that no one will want to miss. These two teams are on track to have a rivalry that could rival the hostility between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees of the MLB. This means professional basketball is about to get on a whole new level of competition.
by Bradley Geesaman, staff writer for Rank Executives, and sports enthusiast. I’m also a staff writer for Basketball Followers.