Top 10 Los Angeles Lakers teams

Does Dwight Howard make current team worthy of the best?

Updated: August 14, 2012, 1:13 AM ET
By Neil Paine |
Lakers ShowtimeAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe "Showtime" 1987 Lakers remain the franchise's greatest team, but 2012-13 is a different story.

Neil Paine writes for FiveThirtyEight, the data-supported sports, politics and culture site coming soon from ESPN.