The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the surprise packages of the first two weeks of the NBA season. Many expected them to be better than last year, but their surge to 4-3 with three consecutive wins has been mightily impressive.
After beginning the campaign with a win over the Houston Rockets, the Lakers bounced back from a hat-trick of defeats with victories over the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns.
For the first time since 2013, the Lakers are over .500, and a season that began with quiet optimism is developing into something that could prove to be a great foundation for the future of the franchise.
The last time the famous Purple and Gold began a season with a positive win-loss record was 2012-13, where they began 1-0 with an opening day win over the L.A. Clippers before going 9-8 after beating the Detroit Pistons during their final game of November.
That season, the franchise went on to finish 14th in the west with a 27-55 record. After two demoralising campaigns under Byron Scott, pushing 30 wins would be a huge improvement on their 17 victories in 2015/16, but head coach Luke Walton may be quietly aiming higher.
Walton's move from assistant at Golden State to leader of the Lakers has seen vast improvement across the board. Jordan Clarkson has developed into a consistent scorer, Julius Randle's decision making has improved remarkably and Nick Young looks like a new man.
Team chemistry has been the most impressive thing. And long may it continue. The Lakers have spent too long in the wilderness.