After their loss to the Utah Jazz, the Lakers sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 1-4 record. Two teams in the East remain winless (Washington and Detroit). The Toronto Raptors match the Lakers' record through five.
Simply put, the Lakers are neck and neck with lottery teams.
This can't be what the franchise expected when they came together with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. The Lakers' lone win was against the 0-5 Pistons.
Still, the team is only three games behind the 4-1 San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. They're just a game and a half behind the seventh-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder (2-2). The Golden State Warriors and Clippers are just two ahead in the Pacific Division.
The Lakers have plenty of time to straighten out but have they shown any recent signs of improvement? Does the win against a woeful Detroit squad merit a pat on the back?