According to a done by HoopsHype.com, the Los Angeles Lakers are viewed as the greatest NBA franchise, edging out the likes of the Boston Celtics.
The moniker of “winningest NBA franchise” is no longer solely in reference to the Boston Celtics, as earlier this month the Los Angeles Lakers earned the 2020 Larry O’Brien trophy, joining the Cs with filling their collection of such trophies to a combined 17.
While the debate over which of the aforementioned ball-clubs should be deemed as the greatest of all time has always been a hotly-contested one, with L.A. now tying Beantown with winning the most championships in league history, the discussion now becomes that much more challenging.
That said, according to a recent article by Hoops Hype, writer Frank Urbina came to the conclusion that the Lakers are the organization deserving of the G.O.A.T title based on the answers to some of the top arguments made by each side’s fan base.
Below are the categories Urbina based his conclusion on, and which franchise came away as victors of said categories:
- BETTER REGULAR-SEASON WIN RATE AND MORE PLAYOFF WINS – LAKERS
- BETTER HEAD-TO-HEAD – BOSTON
- TITLES WORTH MORE DUE TO COMPETITION – LAKERS
- MORE TITLES IN THEIR CITY – CELTICS
- NUMBER OF FINALS APPEARANCES – LAKERS
- BETTER HALL-OF-FAME PEDIGREE – CELTICS
- ALL-STARS ACCOLADES – TIE
- POINT DIFFERENTIAL – TIE
- MORE MVP WINNERS – CELTICS
- MORE SCORING TITLES – LAKERS
- LARGER FAN BASE – LAKERS
The article would go on to say the Los Angeles Lakers are, in fact, the greater franchise if one were to solely base their argument off of the topics listed above. Urbina’s reasoning reads as follows:
The final tally here in talking points “won” reads as follows: Six categories won by the Lakers, four categories won by the Celtics and two draws.
So going by our article, one could argue the Lakers have the better case to be considered the NBA’s GOAT franchise overall thanks to a wide variety of factors.
But no matter what, fans are going to have their opinions and in a topic as hotly contested as this one, it’s not likely minds are going to change that easily. We just wanted to present the facts for each side in a fair manner.
Yes, this piece by Hoops Hype does infer that L.A. is the NBA’s G.O.A.T franchise over the Boston Celtics when following these talking points. That said, this verdict is not finite.
We here at Hardwood Houdini — Boston’s preferred “H.H.” website — will continue on arguing that the Cs are, in fact, the greater franchise, for there are simply more than just 11 factors at play when dealing with such a conversation.
That said, should the shamrocks attain banner No. 18 before Los Angeles, I’d venture to say that the proverbial scale will once again be leaning towards the side of the Celtics.