ESPN are ranking things again.
During the summer, ESPN made headlines when they predicted that the Los Angeles Lakers would finish 12th in the Western Conference this season and proclaimed that Kobe Bryant was now the 25th best player in the league.
And now, according to ESPN, the outlet asked their Forecast panel “to rate each team’s front-office management on its guidance and leadership in terms of how it affects overall on-court success, both in the short and long term.”
From there, ESPN say that they “simply calculated the ratings to determine the best and worst front offices in the NBA.”
So, where did the Lakers land?
According to this poll, the purple and gold’s front office is the 16th best in the NBA with a rating of 5.33, putting the legendary franchise ahead of the Denver Nuggets (23rd), Cleveland Cavaliers (27th) and New York Knicks (30th).
The San Antonio Spurs are ranked first with a rating of 9.45, while the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls round out the rest of the top five.
I’m not sure I agree with this ranking, however.
The Lakers’ front office is currently lead by Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, the same two people who have worked as a tandem for the past decade or so. The only thing that’s changed these days is that Dr. Jerry Buss doesn’t sign off on deals.
Current success doesn’t seem to apply to these rankings, either, seeing as the 23-51 Boston Celtics boast the sixth-best front office in the league, according to ESPN.
Sure, you could argue that the Celtics are doing a good job of stashing picks and tanking this season, though the Philadelphia 76ers are doing a great job of that, too, though their front office came in at 24.
So, these ranking don’t really make sense.