The Los Angeles Lakers will head into the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season with a lot of uncertainty and a lot of people not expecting much from the storied franchise. Not only are a lot of media outlets already counting out the Lakers, but also ESPN seems to be jumping on the bandwagon as well with the recent NBA power rankings released on Sept. 27.
Apparently, ESPN believes the Lakers won’t be near as good as half of the league this season. The sports media giant ranks the 16-time NBA champions at 21 out of 30 with some of the worst teams in the league last season ahead of the storied franchise.
As if being ranked 21st weren’t bad enough heading into the season, ESPN believes the New Orleans Pelicans (20), Cleveland Cavaliers (19), Detroit Pistons (18) and Washington Wizards (17) will all be better teams than the Lakers.
The teams at the top of ESPN’s power rankings come as no surprise with Miami Heat on top followed by the Indiana Pacers (2), Brooklyn Nets (3), Los Angeles Clippers (4) and San Antonio Spurs (5).
Former Laker Dwight Howard will lead the way alongside James Harden for the Houston Rockets as they come in at No. 6 slightly ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder (7).
It’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out for Kobe Bryant and company this season, but there’s no question this team has plenty of motivation to prove doubters wrong in a season filled with uncertainty.
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