Superfans vs. Haters: 2015-16 LA Lakers Season Preview

September 17th, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Make way for the 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers. They're going...somewhere.

Though the Lakers' 2015 offseason wasn't perfect, it was eventful. They drafted D'Angelo Russell, traded for Roy Hibbert and signed Brandon Bass and Lou Williams. Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle are also expected to return from season-ending injuries.

Assuming some semblance of health, this season's Lakers are primed to improve upon the 21-win tire fire from 2014-15. But in order to get a far-flung sense of where they stand, we turn to the people—or rather, the mindset of the people.

Welcome to the debut of Bleacher Report's NBA fandom season previews. It's crystal ball gazing for fans, crafted from the perspective of three fanatical stereotypes: homers, pessimists and realists.

How many games will the 2015-16 Lakers win? Will they be bad enough to flirt with keeping their top-three protected pick that's owed to the Philadelphia 76ers? How about good enough to flirt with fringe playoff contention, maybe more? 

Our panel of made-up basketball soothsayers each has what they believe to be the answers, and they're ready to ...

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