The Los Angeles Lakers may have already become the team to beat in the Western Conference, but that doesn't mean they're invulnerable.
In fact, this team is so good that the 29 other teams are all spending plenty of time trying to discover those vulnerabilities, to whatever extent they exist. If the Lakers jump out as this season's front-runners, they'll have a target on their backs.
It remains to be seen whether Los Angeles' weaknesses will be significant enough for anyone to actually exploit them.
There are two or three teams in the West who'd like to think so, but the Lakers are more talented and more determined than they were just a few months ago. They were already a formidable playoff team, and they improved as much as any team did this summer.
But, they're not perfect just yet, and here's why.