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There appears to be no championship hangover for the Los Angeles Lakers. The defending champs have run out to an NBA-best 10-3 record while staying unbeaten away from Staples Center.
With that early success, Lakers fans are feeling confident — like, really confident. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, a full 100 percent of responding Lakers fans believe the team is headed in the right direction. That number has held steady all season long.
The Lakers’ hot start hasn’t come as much of a surprise to most NBA fans. After all, they acquired the top-two vote-getters for the 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year Award in the offseason so that they could stay competitive while LeBron James and Anthony Davis ease into the season. That made a team that already won the 2020 NBA championship even better.
There have been plenty of other surprises to go around this year, though. According to fans nationally, the Raptors’ slow start – along with the hot starts by the Suns, Hornets and Knicks – were considered the biggest surprises around the league so far.
Those teams starts are due in large part to the play of a few young stars, including LaMelo Ball, the youngest brother of former Laker Lonzo Ball, and Julius Randle, who the Lakers drafted with the No. 7 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Lakers are literally changing the entire league.
Here are the full results:
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