PF Anthony Davis (Age 24)
Antetokounmpo’s biggest threat to be the face of the NBA is, in fact, the brow himself, Anthony Davis. When Davis was drafted, he quickly turned into one of the best players in the NBA and was the prime candidate to take the throne from LeBron James. Although playing on the awful Pelicans has plateaued his perception, Davis still is one of the best the NBA has to offer.
Now at the power forward position alongside DeMarcus Cousins, Davis brings a unique intensity that is matched with his ability to stretch the floor. There is not another power forward that can stretch the floor like Davis while maintaining that hard-nosed, gritty style of play that allows Davis to be a premier shot blocker and rebounding machine.
Davis is special.
What is scary for opposing teams is Davis is only getting better as well. Every single season Davis’ production has increased. Last season, the fifth year forward averaged 28 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per season.
Again, playing for the awful Pelicans and a franchise that seems to be stuck in neutral will only send Davis searching for the limelight. There is no bigger limelight than Los Angeles, and by the time Davis can walk away from New Orleans, they may already be a playoff contending team.
Davis is under contract with the Pelicans until the end of the 2020-21 season. After that, Davis will be 28 years old and in the prime of his career. If the Lakers are back to their winning ways, it may be a perfect match for both sides.