Hoopsworld: The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics share the top two spots with LA getting the slight advantage with center Andrew Bynum’s return – and James Posey’s defection to the New Orleans Hornets. Of course it could (and will) flip-flop time and again over the course of the season. It’s been a long summer… Game on!
1. Los Angeles Lakers: On paper they’re the team to beat with center Andrew Bynum finally healthy to join guard Kobe Bryant and forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. Other than losing big man Ronny Turiaf (who left for Golden State), the Lakers are returning almost the exact same roster that got six games into the NBA Finals. Coach Phil Jackson has some serious rotation questions to resolve – specifically moving Odom from starting power forward to either the three or even the one – but depth is a Laker strength.