|2||Golden State Warriors||53-29|
|3||Los Angeles Clippers||42-40|
|4||Los Angeles Lakers||33-49|
Los Angeles Lakers Front Office
The Suns jumped from 30th in the NBA in Net Rating in 17-18 to 29th to 18th in 19-20 to third last season and first in 21-22.
LeBron James' improbably persistent excellence is the undertold story of the Lakers this season, and it's hard to blame the broader basketball public for not being super interested.
The Lakers have told themselves they can beat the mundane task of the regular season, get into the playoffs at whatever-and-whatever, with nothing more than professionalism but the drudgery has already set in.