LIke many others have said, the ceiling is probably not too high, but what is their floor?
From ESPNs obsession with retarded rankings there are 12 teams projected to win >43 games, 9 teams projected to win 36-40 games (including the Lakers) and 9 that are projected to win 33 or less.
It's hard for me to see the Lakers winning less than 35 games, which is a problem, since we'll end up out of the playoffs with a pick in the 10-14 area. Chad Ford wrote that the draft had 7 sure-fire all stars (according to scouts) and when the draft is that good, i think we could see a lot of teams tanking - even good teams that potentially could make a push this season.
I really think the Lakers should be carefull on how they approach this season and if i'm Mitch i would make sure that the team is either headed for the playoffs, or not. Come january, if we're not a few games over .500, i would pull the plug and start dealing.