Los Angeles Lakers: Preseason Questionnaire

Preseason Experts Panel: How many wins for the '10-'11 Lakers?

September, 9, 2010
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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With the training camp around the corner, we asked a group of local and national roundball experts to weigh in on some of the big questions about the Lakers heading into the 2010-2011 season. Call it a preseason prognosticationpallooza.

Our panel: Dave McMenamin (ESPNLA.com), Elliott Teaford (L.A. Daily News), Kevin Ding (O.C. Register), Kevin Arnovitz (ESPN TrueHoop), Eric Pincus (Hoopsworld), Chris Clark (Silver Screen and Roll), J.A. Adande (ESPN.com), Darius Soriano (Forum Blue and Gold), Kurt Helin (ProBasketballTalk.com), Mark Medina (L.A. Times.com), Andy and Brian Kamenetzky (ESPNLA.com Land O'Lakers Blog)

Today's question:

How many games will the Lakers win this season?

Average projection: 63.42
Highest projection: 68 (Ding)
Lowest projection: 59 (Helin)

My take: First things first: Get any visions of 73 wins out of your head. I don't think they'll get there, and neither did anyone on our panel. The Lakers won't push for records, nor should they. But assuming everyone stays reasonably healthy, the Lakers have all the ammunition needed to pile up plenty of victories. Star power, elite coaching, great balance, and an improved bench. It's all there. The road will still contain enough bumps (and moments of boredom) to keep the victory total from growing truly ostentatious, but the results won't exactly be weak sauce. 63 wins.

Other responses:

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OTHER LEADERS
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