The reigning champs just barely made this list, and largely did so because of their existing status as champions and because LeBron James has proven to age amazingly. With multiple teams figuring to get better as LeBron James gets another year older, the path back to the championship may prove tougher for the Lakers this time around. To be sure, Anthony Davis is still an amazing, versatile talent in his prime and LeBron has not shown any signs that his production will nosedive. This being said, even with the recent report that the Lakers have agreed to a trade that will land them Dennis Schroder, they do not figure to markedly improve this upcoming season. They may still have enough, but barely.
Clint is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, and contributed to various sports publications prior to his work with Upside Hoops.