Expectations are high for the 2012-2013 edition of the Los Angeles Lakers, and rightfully so. All the Lakers did in the offseason was assemble arguably the most complete starting lineup in the NBA, while also addressing some major issues that have been key to their second-round playoff eliminations each of the last two seasons.
But with great expectations also come a bit of cautious concern. Although the Lakers lineup looks impressive on paper, the players first still have to gel put it all together on the court on a consistent basis. Their success is far from guaranteed with so many new pieces in key positions.
The NBA season can play out a number of ways due to many circumstances, some that can be managed (play calling, substitution patterns, chemistry) and others that are uncontrollable (injuries being the most common obstacle).
With these circumstances in mind, let's examine both the best and worst case scenarios for the 2012-2013 Lakers season, starting with the least and progressing to the most significant scenarios.