After years of waiting, the Los Angeles Lakers finally got a second superstar in Anthony Davis and have been on a path to the NBA Finals ever since.
The next player that will be covered in the “Los Angeles Lakers Player Spotlight” series Is Anthony Davis.
Anthony Davis was as much of a superstar in college as he currently is in the NBA. In his time with the Kentucky Wildcats, Davis averaged a double-double of 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds, which is incredible considering the level of competition he faced in college.
Along with this, Davis averaged an astronomical 4.7 blocks per game. In his single season with Kentucky, Davis won a National Championship and won the Naismith Award. This amazing college season led to Anthony Davis being selected with the first overall pick from the New Orleans Hornets in the 2012 draft.
After seven seasons with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans that yielded two playoff appearances, Davis decided that it was time to make a move and force a trade to a contending team. He did this by sitting out a substantial part of his last season with the Pelicans, forcing their hand to get him traded.
Having the Klutch Sports connection with LeBron James, it was almost a lock that he would be on the Los Angeles Lakers before the playoffs of the 2019-2020 season. The trade occurred sooner than most thought and in the offseason, the Lakers put together a blockbuster package to obtain Davis.
Strengths And Weaknesses
Davis does not really have any weaknesses in his game. Early in his professional career, he struggled with shooting from three-point range. However, he took the most recent offseason to focus on his outside shot to better prepare himself to be on a team with LeBron James.
He is an elite inside scorer and offensive rebounder. On the defensive side of the ball, Davis might be the best in the league and is always in contention for Defensive Player of the Year.
He is an incredible inside defender with possibly the best shot-blocking ability in the league. The Brow also has the versatility to guard any position on the court. This means that even in a switch, Davis can lockup even point guards on a consistent basis.
What He Brings To The Team
Anthony Davis was the perfect piece that the Los Angeles Lakers needed and is the best second option in the entire NBA. Coming into the season, fans and analysts alike were criticizing the Anthony Davis trade, saying that the Lakers gave up too much in the deal.
However, he has shut down any doubt that anyone could have had. He has exceeded any realistic expectations and has been the perfect fit both on and off the court. If Davis decides to stay with the Lakers long term, he will be the perfect second piece aside LeBron until he inevitably begins to regress.
Once that switch occurs to put Davis in the driver’s seat of the Los Angeles Lakers, it is safe to say the team will be in great hands and the team will continue to be contenders for NBA Championships for years to come.