Ranking Los Angeles’ Best Teams this Year

Farhad Taraporevala

The greater Los Angeles area is the second largest sports market in the United States with 11 professional sports teams in six major leagues: the MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL and WNBA. The Anaheim Ducks, the Los Angeles Angels, Chargers, Clippers, Dodgers, FC, Galaxy, Kings, Lakers, Sparks and Rams all compete for fans and the business they bring.

Which teams are doing the best in their respective leagues this season?

  1. LA Rams: The Rams have gotten off to a strong start with a 11-2 record, winning the division for the second year in a row. The team seems destined to make a deep playoff run and is a legitimate Super Bowl contender with MVP candidates defensive tackle Aaron Donald and running back Todd Gurley. Donald leads a surging defense with a league high 16.5 sacks, and the defense has 26 takeaways this season. The offense is led by franchise quarterback Jared Goff and Gurley, with a combined 42 touchdowns in only 13 games.
  2. LA Dodgers: This year, the Dodgers secured a spot in the World Series for the second consecutive year, narrowly losing to the Boston Red Sox. The team is led by star pitcher Clayton Kershaw and the second best group of pitchers in the MLB. The pitchers have suffered in the World Series, with the team’s Earned Run Average (ERA) going up by 1.472 and Kershaw’s individual ERA increasing by 4.63. The lack of postseason success has frustrated fans, but the team has consistently been one of the strongest in baseball.
  3. LA Chargers: The Chargers are making a resurgence in the NFL, led by quarterback Philip Rivers who is quietly having one of his best seasons with 3,638 passing yards and 29 touchdowns. The team is 10-3 despite playing many tough opponents like the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos and the Rams. The team has a 99% chance to make the playoffs, but has a difficult schedule to end the season, facing teams with a combined record of 24-15 including division rivals in the Chiefs and Broncos.
  4. LA Clippers: The Clippers have gotten off to a fast start in the NBA season, ranking fourth in the Western Conference with a record of 17-10. The Clippers are led by the reliable pick and roll offense of head coach Doc Rivers which has helped Tobias Harris average 21.0 points per game. The team also benefits from having Lou Williams, last year’s sixth man of the year. The team is projected to make the playoffs, despite having lost its three of its best players: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan over the last two seasons.

Statistics according to NFL.com and ESPN.com