10. Los Angeles Lakers (Preseason: 2)
Normally, a championship contender starting the season 1-4 is alarming. And as such the Lakers tumbled from a preseason No. 2 to 10. The only reason the Lakers didn’t slide even further is because of Kobe Bryant. The five-time NBA champ is taking the mindset that early is early. I'm with Kobe on this one. The Lakers will bounce back once coach Mike Brown ditches the Princeton offense. It's early. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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