Anthony Davis is the Lakers Future
When Anthony Davis was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, Lakers fans rejoiced. The team was finally heading back on the right track. Trading the young core for AD was a strategic move that would help LeBron James not have to carry the work-load. After the numbers AD put up this season, he proved he isn’t just a sidekick, he’s the future of this organization.
During media day, Davis made it known that he wanted to become Defensive Player of the Year. Unfortunately, he finished in 2nd place. That didn’t stop him from producing some outstanding defensive plays this season.
In the playoffs against the Rockets his defensive prowess was on full force.
The Most Valuable Player talk was always directed to teammate LeBron, but not only was AD a defensive force, an argument could be made that he was also MVP-worthy.
He finished the season averaging: 26 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.2 APG, and 2 BPG.
His playoff averages were: 27.7 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 3.5 APG, and 1.4 BPG.
Davis delivered a signature moment in the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets, when he scored a big time game-winning 3-point shot. The Lakers were wearing their signature Mamba jerseys and AD showed the late, great Kobe Bryant some love:
In this offseason, the Lakers have made a few big moves to improve the team, including adding some much-needed youth to the rotation. They signed last season’s Sixth Man of the Year, 26-year-old Montrezl Harrell and the runner-up, 27-year-old Dennis Schröder. After trading center JaVale McGee to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they acquired 28-year-old Alfonzo McKinnie.
Veterans Wesley Matthews and Marc Gasol also joined the team. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Markieff Morris and Kostas Antetokounmpo all decided to re-sign. The Lakers still have room to add more new faces to the roster before the season officially begins.
Going forward, this team will continue to be focused on AD. LeBron’s Lakers contract will soon be up and it seems likely he could finish up his career with the Lakers. In his New Orleans Pelicans years, Davis was the leader and star, but the team never had great success. When he arrived in Los Angeles, he finally found himself on a team that could make it all the way. He was surrounded by great players including key veterans, a bench that improved throughout the season, promising rookies, and well...of course that LeBron guy.
In his first season in LA, AD was able to shine without having to do everything himself. With the new additions, the Lakers are sending him a message that this is his team and they will do everything they can to find the right pieces to put around him to keep dominating a post-LeBron world, whenever that day comes.