Los Angeles Lakers: Is Anthony Davis the Key?

Anthony Davis was acquired in a trade last offseason from the New Orleans Pelicans for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Davis is one of the best players in the NBA and he is only 27 years old.

Anthony Davis was brought in to pair up with LeBron James in order to win an NBA Title. The Los Angeles Lakers currently own the best record in the Western Conference at 49-14. They have a 5.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers in the conference.

However, the Milwaukee Bucks own the best record in the NBA at 53-12. As of right now, the Lakers would face the Memphis Grizzlies (32-33) in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

In 55 games played so far this season, Anthony Davis is averaging 26.7 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 3.1 APG, 2.4 BPG, and 1.5 SPG. He is the heartbeat of this Los Angeles Lakers team. Davis is going to need to continue playing at a high level.

Davis is going to be under a lot of pressure this season to help the Los Angeles Lakers win another title and it would be their 17th in franchise history.

Avery Bradley has already opted out of the re-start and he is one of their key players. The Los Angeles Lakers will first play against the Los Angeles Clippers at 9 p.m. Eastern on July 30th on TNT in the re-start. There will not be fans in attendance and I wonder how this is going to affect some of the players’ play.

I am not sure how many games that Anthony Davis and LeBron James will play in before the start of the postseason, but those two are always a pleasure to watch on a night-to-night basis.

Davis may win The Defensive Player of the Year Award this season. A couple of other potential candidates might be Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. It will be interesting to see who they decide to choose once the regular season is over.

The regular season will be from the 30th of July on Thursday and it will end on the 14th of August on Friday. Then the playoffs will begin the following week and that is going to be very interesting.

Anthony Davis will also be a free agent at the end of the season. He hopes to re-sign with the team even though he is from the Chicago area. The Los Angeles Lakers gave up a lot for him in order to win an NBA title now.

Davis was the number one overall pick out of the University of Kentucky for a reason in 2012 and he was selected by the New Orleans Hornets. Anthony Davis will be one of the reasons why Los Angeles either wins it all this season or doesn’t. Some people think he is the best player on the Los Angeles Lakers though.

Do you think Anthony Davis is the most important player on the Los Angeles Lakers? Leave a comment below.

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