This absolutely makes the Lakers a better team. Nash makes EVERYONE better offensively with his passing and ability to get people the ball in their hotspots. That being said, I'm not sure if that puts the Lakers ahead of the Thunder or even the Spurs. Nash does nothing to improve the defensive efficiency of LA, and obviously doesn't make them any younger or athletic. I'm not sure if they can keep up with the high-flying Thunder, and especially not over the course of a full series where the Thunder can wear down the Lake Show with their athleticism. I think it's between LA and San Antonio for second in the west- the Spurs are the defending runner up and have always given Nash trouble. The Clippers and Grizzlies are the darkhorses in the west, as are the Timberwolves- especially if Brandon Roy (just signed) is healthy and the Blazers fail to match their offer sheet for Nicolas Batum.