9. Los Angeles Lakers

Record: 18 - 13
Last Week's Rank: 14
Last Week's Results: W vs. Atlanta 86-78, (Tue); W vs. Phoenix 111-99, (Fri); L @ Phoenix 90-102, (Sun)
This Week: vs. Portland, Monday (2/20); @ Dallas, Wednesday (2/22); @ Oklahoma City, Thursday (2/23)

When's the trade deadline again? Oh, March 15th? Alright, so by then the Lake Show and the drama among players and management will either come to an end or boil over. Now the Lakers mediocre play (see Sunday's game against the Suns) can't all be blamed on the fact of whether or not guys like Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol will be around next month, losses to teams like the Suns can be attributed to age, a lack of chemistry with Mike Brown, and the fact that the rest of the league has become better. Kobe Bryant leads the league in scoring with 29 PPG but the Lakers rank 23rd overall by only averaging 93 points collectively. With trade rumors circulating about the Lake Show going after everyone from Dwight Howard to Deron Williams, All-Star weekend seems like it'll be anything but fun and games for the Laker front office. —Ralph Warner