Los Angeles Lakers: 10 Bold Predictions for the 2012-13 Season

Forget about being the most hyped NBA team right now, the 2012-13 Lakers may well be the most hyped team in sports history, period.

Consider the following facts:

The Big Four of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard averaged a combined 77.4 points per game last season. That’s only 10.6 points less than the entire Charlotte Bobcats team did last season.

Including Metta World Peace and Antawn Jamison, the Lakers will field six All-Stars on a nightly basis.

The starting line-up consists of four Olympians, with a total of three MVPs, four Defensive Player of the Year awards, two FIBA European Player of the Year awards and a jaw dropping 31 All-NBA team selections.

So, yes, when people whisper about numbers not spoken of since 1996 in Chicago, I think they’re justified. Let’s take a look at how the season may pan out for the most powerful team in sports.

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