5 Ways the Los Angeles Lakers Can Exceed Expectations in 2014-15

The outlook for the Los Angeles Lakers' 2014-15 season is grim—and we haven't even tipped off regular-season basketball yet.

One half of their Hall of Fame backcourt is already done for the year, as it appears the injury bug that has consumed the Lakers the past couple of seasons is still embedded within the locker room.

Expectations are low heading into the new campaign. ESPN's Summer Forecast pegged L.A. for just 30 wins, while the analytically inclined FiveThirtyEight.com is projecting the Lakers to be the West's cellar dwellers with an unthinkable total of 24 wins.

But predictions—even those based on intricate statistical models undergoing thousands of simulations—are nothing more than educated guesses.

The Lakers have the tools to prove the pundits wrong. Here are five ways they can accomplish that task.

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