I cannot fathom the Lakers taking anything below the number six spot. I think if for some odd reason they struggle in the second half they will only falter to the fifth or even six spot, but that worst case senario.
The key will be the big man Bynum.
I think the real story of the Lakers season will develop in correlation with Bynums recovery.
If Andrew can return with little lingering effects, I think all will be possible. I believe that with a healthy KB, Gasol, L.O., and Bynum... the post season will be their playground.
But if Andrew is delayed in his comeback, and returns with serious lingering effects... then I believe it they will compete with the best of em' but will be short of a champ banner.
but if that is the case, I would not mind being proven wrong