By Jonathan Aviles
So now that the NBA playoffs have begun, who do you think will
win it all?
My pick to win it all would have to be the Los Angeles Lakers.
No, I’m not a Lakers fan but I’m also not blind.
This team is stacked when it comes to talent. Need proof? Look
over on their bench at the start of any game they play and you’ll
see a 6-foot-10-inch forward by the name of Lamar Odom.
Odom would be a starter on any team and when he does come off
the bench he is capable of putting up big numbers. When Andrew
Bynum was out with his torn MCL, Odom stepped in and more than
filled the 21-year- old’s shoes.
Besides Odom, the Lakers also possess a defensive stalwart in
guard/forward Trevor Ariza. The UCLA product has given the Lakers
someone other than star guard Kobe Bryant to match up against one
of the opposing teams better scorers.
This may go unnoticed but he helps Kobe in letting him focus on
Behind Ariza and Odom is the newest Laker, Shannon Brown. Brown,
who came over in the Vladimir Radmonovic trade, has given LA a
bigger guard other than Jordan Farmer and Derek Fisher to match-up
with stronger guards like Deron Williams and Jason Kidd.
Because of this he’ll be a big help in the playoffs as the
Lakers see the Jazz in the first round.
Well the Lakers’ bench covers, rebounding with Odom, defense
with Ariza and Brown, but Sasha Vujacic provides the clutch
shooting. The Slavic guard has earned a reputation of hitting
3-pointers on a consistent basis as well as the nickname “the
All these pieces on the bench for the Lakers give them the
strongest team in the NBA. Not just the West. The NBA.
Yes, the Cleveland Cavaliers had the best record in the NBA
throughout the regular season, but they didn’t match up against the
top teams of the west every other night. The worst playoff team in
the west was 48-34 while in the east the eigth seed wasn’t even
Oh, yeah and the Lakers swept the season series between the
LeBron-led Cavaliers. Winning Jan. 19, 105-88, and again Feb. 8,
No Manny needed here
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