I've said this previously but if we are bound to be a 7th/8th seed, I'd rather miss the playoffs and get a lottery pick. I don't see any possible way this team can get past the second round of the playoffs this year.
I wouldn't say that we didn't improve because chemistry wise we will be better and offensively we will be better as well. But in terms of defense and rebounding, we are going to struggle and those two things are what you need to be successful.
When it comes down to the lottery pick, I don't think anything is beating the Suns this year.
The Suns are going to be significantly worse than we could be, and they have FOUR first round picks now and that's just one team.
There's other teams that look lottery bound no matter how hard they try. If the Lakers had a 'missed playoffs' year. I don't think they'd get a pick sooner than 15th-19th imo.
That said, I would hope we'd be closer to the 5th seed than the 8th. We were about 2 wins away from 6th last year. So considering that the Grizzlies and Nuggets are on pace to drop further(OKC could as well considering they are going about 2 months without Westbrook and then it depends on how long it takes Westbrook to get back to form when he returns) I don't think it will be as cut and dry as it looks.
If we look at those 15 teams from last year from 1 to 15th
out of the loop
On the rise
On the fall
Nuggets, Grizzlies, potentially OKC,
Will stay more or less where they are at
On the bubble, T'wolves, Pelicans. Mavericks
When it comes down to that bottom half I think that after the four teams
Spurs, Rockets, Clippers, maybe OKC.
There will be a gigantic dropoff in wins losses.
The Lakers could realistically be the 5th seed with just 50 wins this year. Or fighting for the 5th seed with the Warriors.
Every team beneath them I expect to be 42 win teams. Those are like the Wolves, Pelicans, Mavericks.
So if the Lakers can stay on pace for between 50-45 wins they'll be set for not being the 7th or 8th seed.
Anything less and it'd be a problem imo.
Edited by Majesty, October 28, 2013 - 02:02 PM.