The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2013-14 season needing contributions from all over the roster. Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles and the offseason departure of Dwight Howard left the Lakers noticeably short-handed, but Xavier Henry and the rest of the Lakers' eclectic bench have exceeded every expectation.
While the 22-year-old Henry and the second unit have been a huge encouragement for the Lakers, they're not the only positive signs this team has experienced.
The Lakers have kept their heads above water with a 2-2 record highlighted by the season-opening win against the revamped Los Angeles Clippers. The early upset proved that the Lakers could be better than people expect, but there is still work to be done if the Lakers hope to make the playoffs in 2014.
The following early positives will have to continue until Bryant returns to alleviate some of the pressure.
Note: This article was written prior to the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Dallas Mavericks. All stats used in this article are accurate as of Nov. 5 (prior to games played).