The Los Angeles Lakers are tied for the best record in the NBA at 11-2 and have asserted themselves as legitimate title contenders.
For the first time since the turn of the decade, it is fun to be a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers again. While the team did make the playoffs after winning its second of two titles, it has not been this fun since that two-year stretch with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
It makes it even better after enduring six years of missing the playoffs, and not just missing the playoffs, but not even sniffing the playoffs. Even in LeBron James‘ first season in LA the team could not come close to a playoff seed after a Christmas Day injury derailed what was a promising start for the team.
Now, through 13 games, the Lakers have been dominant with an 11-2 record. It is important that fans do not get too ahead of themselves, but the Lakers have proven that they are legitimate title contenders.
Because despite having both LeBron and Anthony Davis, two of the best seven players in the league, there were still a lot of naysayers that did not approve of what the team built around its two stars.
With a dominating display of defense and a scoring presence in the paint that no other team in 2019 can come close to, the Lakers have been rolling thus far. Only one of their 11 wins came within one score. Every other win was by six points or more, five by 10 points or more.
The Lakers are not perfect, however, and have shown us some things that they need to improve on if they want to cash in on that contender status and become NBA Champions.
Here are the two things early on that the Los Angeles Lakers have shown us that they need to improve in.