When Will the L.A. Lakers and Other Aging NBA Dynasties Crumble?

Thanks to the efforts of Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs have been the most steady NBA franchises over the last ten seasons, quasi dynasties that, at some point, will come to an end. 

With six titles between them, they've been staples of consistency and accomplishment in the new millenium.

In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics have been a dominant force over the last five seasons, capturing an NBA championship in 2008. 

How long do these storied and recently successful franchises have until their dynasties crumble?


Los Angeles Lakers 

The Lakers are unquestionably led by the iconic Kobe Bryant—a guy destined for the Hall of Fame, who could end his career as the most decorated player of all time. He's been canning jumpers since 1996, but he's only 33 years old.

Although his field goal percentage of 43 percent was his lowest since the 1997 season, he still averaged a smooth 27.9 points per game, dished out 4.6 assists and added 5.4 rebounds.

Kobe has, at most, five years of superstardom left.

Center Andrew Bynum is no longer a soft-spoken youngster but an assertive 24-year-old big man with dominant tendencies. 

He plays with a tough competitive edge and moves well at 7'0'' and 285 pounds. He stayed healthy this season and set career highs in points (18.7) and rebounds (11.8).

A team can be centered around him in the post, but his injury past is worrisome. 

Paul Gasol has been in the league since 2001 and is only 31 years old. That fact that he contributed so early in his career makes him seem much older and worn down than he really is. 

He's more of power forward with his soft touch around the rim and ability to knock down the mid-range jumper. 

Bryant is obviously the cornerstone of the ...

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