I have to say I've been enjoying the Laker Struggles of late, but I haven't seen enough consistency from anyone in the West to get my hopes up. Maybe Dallas. But they're 5-5 in their last 10 while the "struggling Lakers are 7-3.Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com: "It's one of the great myths in the NBA -- one that seemingly is debunked on a nightly basis but continues to live on for some mysterious reason that belies all statistical and visual evidence. At some point in time, someone somewhere decided to label the Lakers as a 'deep team.' Over the past two seasons, you've heard how good the Lakers' roster is from 1 to 12 and how their bench is able to sustain leads and how everyone on this team knows his role. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Lakers are not a deep team. They're not even a shallow team. They're a rock-solid, one-floor building with a shaky basement that probably would fail inspection. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they've had to venture to their basement-dwelling bench recently because of injuries to Andrew Bynum and Luke Walton. As a result, their bench players have been exposed for what they've always been -- streaky shooters, talented cheerleaders and the biggest weakness on a team with a Grand Canyon-sized drop-off in talent from their top five players to the rest of the roster."
Hoopdata's Four Factors http://www.hoopdata.com/recent.aspx?aid=184 still show's the Lakers as the most balanced team in the West even if they've had some dropoff
The obviously really need Bynum healthy.Within the framework of four factors analysis, the Lakers look like they don't have a weakness as everyone of their figures ranks better than the norm with the exception of their ability to get to the free throw line. However, their effective field goal percentage sticks out in the company of the other contenders. Last season, the Lakers posted a 51.3 eFG% during the regular season of their championship campaign but that number has dropped slightly this season. Kobe Bryant (49.2 eFG%) and Derek Fisher (45.4 eFG%) have each seen their shooting percentages dip this year.