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ESPN Has Only Given LeBron And The Lakers A 5% Chance Of Making The Finals

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Despite the arrival of the best player in the NBA today, LeBron James, who has been to the past eight NBA Finals mind you, the Los Angeles Lakers don't have much of a chance of heading to the championship series next season, according to ESPN's analytics.

The addition of LeBron this past offseason has definitely thrust the Lakers into the playoff picture this upcoming season, if not into the upper echelon of teams in the Western Conference -- alongside the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors -- as Bron has only ever missed the playoffs twice in his NBA career, the first two years of his career mind you with the Cavaliers.

ESPN thinks however that adding LeBron, as well as some other core pieces and the development of the Lakers' young players, won't be enough to see LA head to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.

On Tuesday, the network released their annual league-wide rankings using their Basketball Power Index, ranking the Lakers third in the Western Conference and seventh overall in the league, giving them an 88% chance of making the postseason. The thing is though, no team LeBron has been on during the past 10 years has had less than a 99.8% chance of making the playoffs.

On top of that, while they may make the playoffs easily, they won't hang around long enough to make the Finals according to BPI.

The Los Angeles Lakers, with James at the helm, have a 5 percent chance of representing the West in the NBA Finals this season. That might not sound like a ton, but it’s their best chance to pull off the feat according to preseason BPI since the 2011-12 season. And James’ move has sprung opportunity in the East, while the West has become more crowded.

5% does seem like drastically low odds for the Lakers, but when you consider LA will have to go through either Houston or Golden State -- who have been to the past four NBA Finals -- or more likely both of them, it's understandable.

James has proven though he's able to defy expectations set by the media. No one thought last year's Cavaliers would make it all the way to the NBA Finals, especially after barely scraping by the Indiana Pacers in the first round, but look what happened.