Los Angeles Lakers Could Become The First Team Ever To Win An NBA Championship While Lower Than The No. 6 Seed

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(via Bleacher Report)

(via Bleacher Report)

It is not often that a bottom playoff seed wins the championship. Usually, the team that wins the championship has a good regular season. While it is not always the best regular-season team that does the best in the playoffs, most of the time, it is a top 4 seed that usually ends up winning the championship.

The lowest-seeded team to have ever won a championship were the 1994-1995 Houston Rockets with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. They won in the NBA Finals against an Orlando Magic team led by Shaquille O'Neal, all while being the 6th seed. There is potential for a team to break that record this season. The Los Angeles Lakers are currently the 7th seed ahead of the play-in tournament. If they end up in a playoff seed after the tournament and end up winning the championship, that would make the Los Angeles Lakers the lowest seed to have ever won a championship.

The Los Angeles Lakers have a difficult path to their second championship in a row. Depending on what seed they potentially end up as after the play-in, they will face either the Phoenix Suns or the Utah Jazz. 

The Utah Jazz have a historic defense, spearheaded by a top DPOY candidate in Rudy Gobert. The Phoenix Suns are hungry for a playoff run after a huge postseason drought and have an elite veteran in Chris Paul and an electric scorer in Devin Booker. In their upcoming play-in game, the Lakers also have to face a red-hot Stephen Curry who is the league's scoring champion. The road simply isn't easy, even for the reigning champions.

Despite the matchups being difficult, the Los Angeles Lakers did win a championship last season, and the two superstars that led them there are still on the roster. Anthony Davis and LeBron James know what it takes to win at the highest level. If you've watched basketball during the last decade, you know never to count a LeBron James-led team in the playoffs. You never doubt the heart of a champion, period.