Showtime Vs. The Millennium Dynasties: Who Wins This Fantasy Lakers Matchup?

The Los Angeles Lakers is one of the premier NBA franchises, blessed with 16 NBA titles and some of the greatest legends. In fact, the all-time Lakers roster could hold its own against any other all-time franchise roster.

The team is the sole NBA franchise to have dominated 3 decades: the 1950s, the 1980s, and the 2000s. As I like to think about historical fantasy matchups, I thought it would be fun to compare a hypothetical matchup between the team’s two most recent dynasties: the Showtime Lakers from the 1980s and the Millennium Lakers from the 2000s.

Each dynasty has won five championships. In this matchup, I’ll break down the matchups by position.

Some ground rules that I used are:

1. Each team can only have twelve players and the teams must have at least two players at each position.

2. The players picked can only be from the championship years (for the Showtime Team, this includes 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988. For the Millennium Team, this includes 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010).

3. The stats used are the players’ career averages as a Laker.

4. This is a 7-game series with neither team having home court advantage.

Please let me know what you think in your comments. Does my analysis make sense? Do you agree with the outcome I project?

Without further ado, I present the Showtime Lakers vs. the Millennium Lakers.

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