Los Angeles Lakers 2012: Could This Be Kobe Bryant’s Best Lakers Team Yet?

Over the years, the Lakers organization has done a fantastic job of surrounding its star players with talent and keeping its franchise relevant.

With very few dry spells, the most recent being Shaquille O'Neal's departure and the subsequent years that followed before the Pau Gasol trade, the Lakers have never been far from the title picture for long.

The latest remodel the Lakers have accomplished brings together one of the most star-studded lineups in the NBA today.

With the acquisition of arguably the best passer in the league in Steve Nash and the trade for the most competent defensive player in the NBA in Dwight Howard, the Lakers have surrounded the skilled Pau Gasol and the mainstay, Kobe Bryant, with the biggest names possible in their quest to reclaim the NBA Championship.

With a starting lineup that boasts a former All-Star at every position, the Lakers have assembled a team that begs the question: Could this be Kobe Bryant's best Lakers team yet?

While the answer to most modern day fans may be a resounding positive, it is hard to determine and prove whether this team is better than any of the teams led by the tandem of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant during their title-winning seasons. The differences in the superstars and the competition of that era with the present day make it hard to really make a true comparison.

However, it is safe to say that this modern day Lakers squad is the most offensively versatile team Kobe Bryant has ever been a part of.

In the past, the tandem of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal was very predictable, but near impossible to stop. O'Neal would dominate in the post while Kobe took over from the perimeter. On occasion, Kobe would take to the post as well, where he was and still is, one of the most proficient post scorers in the NBA for a guard. When either of them were doubled, the role players had to step up and hit their shots.<...

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