Welcome to The Crossover’s entertainment rankings for the 2021–22 season! This is a highly subjective list of teams ranked by their watchability. Criteria include, but are not limited to, number of good or relevant players, ability to score, style of play, pace, newness and vibes. If you don’t like where your favorite team is ranked on this list, it’s not my fault you’ve decided to spend your time watching basketball that’s not particularly fun. On to the rankings.
The Lakers roster is what happens when a 10-year-old tries to get all their favorite players on the same team in a video game. LeBron James. Anthony Davis. Russell Westbrook. Carmelo Anthony. Dwight Howard. DeAndre Jordan. A big part of the overall NBA journey this season will be finding out how good Los Angeles actually is once you get past the names. Will the team’s age show right away? How will Westbrook fit in with LeBron & AD? The boom-or-bust potential of this team, the curiosity of how all the veterans will mesh with one another, and the general late-career drama of LeBron puts the Lakers at the top of this list.