2013/2014 Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview

2011/2012 Regular Season W/L Record: 41-25
2012/2013 Regular Season W/L Record: 45-37

Additions: Ryan Kelly, Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Wesley Johnson, Chris Kaman, Ellias Harris, Xavier Henry, Marcus Landry

Subtractions: Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Earl Clark, Antwan Jamison, Chris Duhon, Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock

If things go well...

For the first time in years the focus in Los Angeles will be on basketball and not high drama entering the 13/14 season, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Things will go well if Kobe Bryant returns from his achilles injury sooner rather than later. It's no secret that Kobe is the straw that stirs the Lakers' drink, and he will be on a mission after being named the 25th best player in the NBA by ESPN in their pre-season player rankings. Steve Nash will need to stay healthy, Pau Gasol will need to be their best player overall, and their key acquisitions (Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Chris Kaman, Wesley Johnson and Xavier Henry) will have to step up big-time...especially while Kobe is not playing. The Clippers and Warriors are far better than the Lakers right now, but this team should be able to hold down the third spot in the Pacific. Some might say they are improved by simply subtracting Dwight Howard.

If things go poorly...

Things going poorly may not be as much of a fantasy as some may think. The Kobe Bryant rehab seems to be going well right now, but once he begins full on-court workouts his progress could slow down considerably. What if Kobe ends up being out until Christmas or after New Year's (or worse)? What if Steve Nash has another rough year like his 12/13 season? What if nobody on their roster can figure out how to play a lick of defense? What if Mike D'Antoni decides that defense doesn't matter (most likely scenario)? Is "showtime" basketball going to work with three old men and a bunch of new faces? The floor on the 2013/2014 Lakers is shockingly low, and we think if things go poorly for them they could be down around the 25 win mark.

PSD Predicted 2013/2014 W/L Record: 31-51