We're approaching the midpoint of the 2010-2011 NBA season.
There have been lots of interesting story lines so far, but one of the most intriguing has been the runaway early success of the San Antonio Spurs. Now, the Spurs have been one of the NBA's elite for a while, but they've been exceeding even their own high standards this year.
They've already ripped off two winning streaks of at least 10 games and currently boast the best record in the league at 32-6. That's better than the ascendant super team Heat, the defending Eastern Conference Champion Celtics, and the two-time defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, whom they recently defeated in convincing fashion, 97-82.
But we're still early, and lots can happen between now and June. The Lakers aren't worried. Here are 10 reasons why they have good reason to believe that they're still the class of the Western Conference.