Are the Los Angeles Lakers the Best Team in the World? JaVale McGee Thinks So

Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee had a short but important message for reporters on Sunday night following his team win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"It was very important," he said of the Lakers' 112-103 win against their city rivals.

"Just to quiet the doubters. The Lake Show [is] the best team in the world right now."

It may seem like the kind of boastful, borderline arrogant comment players routinely tend to make over the course of a season. After all, the NBA Finals are still three months away and as the history of the sport shows, scenarios can change in the blink of an eye.

Even so, it is hard to argue with McGee's statement. After a six-year absence from the playoffs, the Lakers secured a return to the postseason with a 113-103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

On Sunday night, they consolidated their top spot in the Western Conference with a win over the Clippers, who are now 6.5 games behind the Lakers.

At 49-13 the Lakers are on track to set end the season with their best record in a decade, eclipsing the 57 wins they recorded in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

The Lakers finished 57-25 three times in four years between 2007 and 2011, reaching three NBA Finals and winning two titles in the process.

While regular-season records don't necessarily guarantee hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy aloft in June—the Golden State Warriors famously won an NBA-record 73 games in 2015-16 before falling at the final hurdle—winning over 50 games would be a major step forward for a team that hasn't won more than 40 games in the last six seasons.

Aside from statistical brilliance, the wins over the Bucks and the Clippers were a significant statement of intent as the Lakers will likely have to overcome one, if not both, of them if they're to capture a first title for a decade.

Milwaukee retains the best record in the NBA and is still on course to become only the third team in history to win 70 games in a season, albeit it would have to win 17 of his remaining 18 games to do so.

The Clippers, meanwhile, are second in the Western Conference with the NBA's fourth-best record and it wouldn't be a surprise to see both Los Angeles teams facing off in the Conference Finals—the Lakers and Clippers have never met in the playoffs before.

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate a basket during a 112-103 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on March 8 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Lakers defeated two of the NBA's top four teams in consecutive games was in February 2009, a season that ended with them winning the title.

If the Lakers' credentials were enhanced over the last four days, LeBron James strengthened his case for a fifth MVP title even further.

The Bucks boast reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, while the Raptors featured reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard but James outshone both.

The 35-year-old finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against the Bucks and added 28 points, nine assists and seven rebounds against the Clippers.

After looking unusually human in his first season in Los Angeles, James is again bending games to his will. The four-time MVP is averaging 25.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.6 assists and would be a shoo-in for a fifth MVP crown if it wasn't for Antetokounmpo.

Over his last nine games, James has averaged 30.3 points and 10 assists per game, making him the oldest player in NBA history to average at least 30 points and 10 assists per game over a nine-game span, as per Elias Sports Bureau.

"LeBron was unbelievable," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after the win over the Clippers. "This was his best weekend in a Lakers uniform. He really dominated both games and helped close them out."

James struggled with injuries and a below-par supporting cast last season, but his return to full fitness and the addition of Anthony Davis have transformed the Lakers. James made clear to the team's front office a second All-Star player was required to mount a title challenge and the Davis trade has paid off handsomely so far.

The first overall pick of the 2011 draft has is averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and at 28.39, his player efficiency rating is the second-best in the NBA.

If James and Davis continue to deliver at this level, don't bet against the Lakers being crowned the best team in the world three months from now.