Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers: Where Passion Meets Perfection

December 11th, 2009 by Brandon Ribak Leave a reply »
The defending NBA champions have kicked off the season on a transcendent note with their ever-so-high expectations remaining intact.

With a league-best 17-3 overall record and a current 10-game winning streak, the Los Angeles Lakers are undoubtedly the best team in the league today.

But how great could this team be?

The Lakers currently rank fifth in the league in scoring, dropping 104.4 points per night while giving their opponents only 95.3 PPG.

Although they're seventh in the league in opponents PPG, they lead the NBA in point differential (+9.10), opponent field-goal percentage (42.3 percent), opponent three-point percentage (29.5 percent), and rank second in defensive efficiency (96.6).

One of the reasons L.A. separates themselves from every other team in the NBA is due to the dominate presence of both 7'0" Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in the paint.

These two stars combine to average the most rebounds per game amongst any starting duo in the NBA, grabbing 19.1 boards per game.

The extreme versatility that Gasol possesses forces opponents to place their starting power forward on the Spaniard. With a clear height adva ...

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