A.D. goes to Hollywood
Combining superstar talents can be tricky.
Questions can arise about who is the No. 1 option, egos can get bruised and the whole can end up being less than the sum of its parts.
But that’s not the case with the Los Angeles Lakers, who this offseason added All-NBA power forward Anthony Davis to a mix of players that includes the greatest player of his era, if not all time, LeBron James.
Indeed, a mutual admiration society appears to have formed between the two superstars, Davis marveling at King’s leadership and playmaking abilities and King calling Davis one of the best power forwards he’s ever played with. That the Lakers were 6-1 as of early November and the top team in the West certainly helped contribute to those warm-and-fuzzies.
Davis’ performance in his first season as a Laker also helps. Through seven games, the former New Orleans Pelican was ninth in the league in scoring with 26.6 points per game and 10th in rebounds at 10.9 – stats slightly better than his career averages of 23.8 and 10.5. More importantly, though, Davis’ ability to protect the rim, change shots and cover ground seems to have reawakened the 34-year-old James’ defensive game, which has helped make the Lakers the top-ranked defensive team in the NBA.
Of course, it is still early and injuries, losing streaks and other problems are bound to happen. But for the time being, consider the A.D./LeBron marriage a smashing success, especially in the eyes of Lakers fans starved for a winner.
Davis, James and the Lakers can be seen in action Friday, Dec. 6, when they pay a visit to the Portland Trail Blazers in a game airing on ESPN.
Full name: Anthony Marshon Davis Jr.
Birth date: March 11, 1993
Height/weight: 6 feet, 10 inches/222 pounds
Teams: New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2012-19), Los Angeles Lakers (2019-present)
Draft: Selected in the first round (first overall) by the Hornets in 2012
Position: Power forward
Honors and achievements: Six-time NBA All-Star; NBA All-Star Game MVP (2017); three-time All-NBA First Team; NBA All-Defensive First Team (2018); three-time NBA blocks leader; NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013); NCAA champion (2012); NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2012); gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics; gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup