Do the 2012 Los Angeles Lakers Have More Potential Than the 2010 Miami Heat?

The Los Angeles Lakers' ability to acquire Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Antawn Jamison during the offseason was every bit as impressive as the Miami Heat's free agency coup during the summer of 2010 that brought LeBron James and Chris Bosh to South Beach.

James and his decision ultimately proved to be historic and successful for Miami, but on paper the Lakers roster right now looks a lot better than Miami's did when it began its run to the 2011 NBA Finals.

When James and Bosh took their talents to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade, the Heat immediately became a part of the title discussion, but there were also some legitimate concerns about the makeup of their team.

The Heat's star power couldn't hide the fact that they had no real interior presence, and it didn't help that LeBron was the team's best point guard, as well.

Critics predicted that Miami would get pounded in the paint by bigger teams and killed on the perimeter by the NBA's elite lead guards, all while having to deal with questions about chemistry.

And Miami did struggle with those issues at various points of the 2010-11 regular season, but the Heat's superstar pairing still resulted in a trip to the NBA Finals, and their loss to the Dallas Mavericks couldn't be blamed on poor chemistry either.

The 2012-13 Lakers will have questions of their own to answer if they hope to match Miami's NBA Finals feat, but Nash and Howard are certainly a good place to start.

The Lakers already had what was arguably the NBA's top frontcourt with former center Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, and they actually improved on that sentiment by adding Howard.

Howard and Bynum may not be that far apart as players, but the fact remains that Howard was superior to Bynum in nearly every statistical category last year, and he brings a dimension of athleticism and energy that Bynum could never equal.

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