After entering the season with low expectations, no one expected the Los Angeles Lakers to be where they are. After 12 games, the Lakers sit two games above .500 with a record of 7-5. If the NBA playoffs were able to start today, the Lakers would be a No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.
The most surprising part of this season is how well the team has played as a whole. They have signature wins over the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and Atlanta Hawks, but more importantly, have done what good NBA teams do: beat teams with sub .500 records. Against those teams, the Lakers are 4-2.
While the season has gotten off to a blistering start, the schedule is about to toughen up. Seven of the next eight games for the Lakers are against teams with above .500 records, including a back-to-back set against the Warriors. The combined record for of those six teams is 43-19.
We’re going to know a lot more about this team in two weeks.
Lakers Nation News
Tuesday’s Lakers News: Brandon Ingram playing up to Luke Walton’s expectations – ESPN
30 Teams In 30 Days: How The Los Angeles Lakers Will Rise Again – Forbes
Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young are talking playoffs already – CBS Sports
Lakers are getting sparks from second unit – LA Times
Veterans are providing a lot of help to Lakers’ youngsters – LA Times
Lakers like how Brandon Ingram is developing his game – OC Register
Lakers’ Luke Walton wants team to make 300 passes per game – OC Register
NBA rumors: Latest news on injuries, contracts, more – Sports Illustrated
NBA Stock Watch: Joel Embiid rising, Serge Ibaka falling – Yahoo! Sports
Russell Wilson joins group trying to bring NBA and NHL to Seattle – The Washington Post
NBA Trade Rumors: The DeMarcus Cousins talks are starting to percolate – CBS Sports
NBA GM On Klay Thompson Rumors: If Warriors Get Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder ‘It’s Over’ – NESN