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Old 09-06-2013, 12:13 AM   #1
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: Rank the 80s Lakers Championship Squads?

If I remember correctly Magic and Riley called 1986-87 team the best. And also Kareem called 1984-85 the best. I'm with Kareem on this one.

'87 team had a better regular season. But the Lakers went through one of the easiest way to NBA Finals and I do not think the Celtics were better in 1987 compared 1985.
Also the decline Kareem had was more significant than the improvement Magic and Worthy had.

1. 1984-85
2. 1986-87
3. 1979-80 (and this one has a case over '87 championship team, too.)
4. 1987-88
5. 1981-82
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If I remember correctly Magic and Riley called 1986-87 team the best. And also Kareem called 1984-85 the best. I'm with Kareem on this one.

'87 team had a better regular season. But the Lakers went through one of the easiest way to NBA Finals and I do not think the Celtics were better in 1987 compared 1985.
Also the decline Kareem had was more significant than the improvement Magic and Worthy had.

1. 1984-85
2. 1986-87
3. 1979-80 (and this one has a case over '87 championship team, too.)
4. 1987-88
5. 1981-82

Am I nuts for leaning 80 at the moment (due to the Kareem factor?).
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Am I nuts for leaning 80 at the moment (due to the Kareem factor?).
not at all. 1980 is the correct answer. that team featured the best center in the nba, the second best small forward in the nba, the best shooting guard in the nba, and the best point guard in the nba. overall 4 of the top 6 players in the league were wearing a lakers jersey. easy choice.
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1982 is the best in my opinion:

6 players averaging double digits in points.(and Mcadoo with 9.6)

Two players averaging 8+ assists. Read that again.

Kareem was still very good defensively and a good rebounder, and his offensive game hadn't slipped much from his prime yet.

Magic was just a better and wiser player in 1982 than he was in 1980, so i think 1982 is the better of the two combined with the other stuff i mentioned.

Is 1987 better? Maybe, but the decline of Kareem is huge... so i would stick with 1982 because offensively they were a nightmare to defend.
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1- 1987/1982

2- 1985

3- 1988

4- 1980
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Am I nuts for leaning 80 at the moment (due to the Kareem factor?).
No. Not at all.
But I think Pat Riley is clearly superior to Paul Westphal and '85&'87 teams had more depth than '80 team.

I pick 1979-80 Kareem over any version of Magic. But depth matters. It's like comparing 2002-03 Spurs and 2012-13 Spurs.
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