Ranking Steve Nash-Kobe Bryant Backcourt with Best in L.A. Lakers’ History

There is no question that the Los Angeles Lakers backcourt for the 2012-2013 season is one of the best tandems in franchise history, perhaps even league history. But exactly where does the Kobe Bryant/Steve Nash duo rank among the Lakers' all-time best backcourts?

Both Bryant and Nash are living NBA legends who are surefire Hall of Famers. However, the only time these two players have played together is during All-Star Games, which isn't exactly the best sample of a  competitive atmosphere.

It's difficult to rank the Bryant/Nash tandem considering they have yet to play a game beside each other as Laker teammates. Even so, simply based on pedigree and reputation alone, these two guys are climbing up the pedestal.

The criteria for the list is based upon the pedigree of both players in the backcourt in terms of All-Star appearances, individual stats and individual awards, as well as winning, and more specifically, winning NBA titles.

In addition, both guards had to start the majority of games throughout the regular season to be considered.

Here are the top seven Los Angeles Lakers backcourt tandems in franchise history.

(Note: A special thank you is in store for Basketball-Reference, a web site that goes above and beyond the definition of a basketball encyclopedia).

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