Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis Can Get Legacy Boost vs Miami Heat

The NBA Finals are finally set as Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers will face Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat starting Wednesday.

AD has a chance to rewrite his legacy and be known as an elite player who can be effective against a good defensive team on the biggest stage.

Davis never won a title in New Orleans. The Pelicans made the 2015 postseason where they lost in the first round. The birds also fell in the 2018 conference semis.

We knew that Anthony Davis was a special player, but many questioned his ability to be an alpha. Some didn’t think he had the mental toughness to carry a bulk of the load on a high-profile team.

Davis wanted out of New Orleans and he got dealt to the Lakers last offseason and now the spotlight is on him along with teammate LeBron James.

AD has become a threat to shoot the ball from deep two-point range as well as the three-point section of the court.

He has the opportunity to score against a Miami Heat defense that has given scorers problems during these playoffs.

Teams like Milwaukee and Boston struggled to be victorious against Miami as Bam Adebayo and Butler has been playing exceptional basketball.

Let’s not forget Davis is scheduled to be a free agent this coming offseason and if he wins a ring in LA he can easily demand a bigger contract than what he and his agent probably thought they could net.

Davis went from being a really good player on a lousy team to being LeBron’s running mate in Hollywood. Now he can let everyone know that he can light up the stat sheet in the NBA Finals.

Anthony Davis, if he wants to, could be the face of the Lakers for many years to come and it seems as if LeBron is okay with passing the torch to him in that regard.

Key Matchups

There are several matchups between the Heat and the Lakers that really stand out, specifically Bam versus Davis.

I think AD can shoot the ball over Bam pretty easily, but once he goes in the paint he has to know where Bam is.

LeBron will most likely go toe-to-toe with Butler and I like his chances to slow down Butler. Jimmy Buckets can score but it’s not like he averages 30 points a night.

Actually, Butler averaged 19.9 PPG during the 2019-20 regular season.

Miami has received big contributions from 20-year old Tyler Herro, but Alex Caruso and Rajon Rondo should take advantage of the youngster and challenge his defensive skills.

X-factors

Anthony Davis is the X-factor for LA, because he can stretch the floor and that could force Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra to sit Bam a little more than he’d like.

Plus, we don’t know how consistent the Lakers’ perimeter shooters are going to be.

For Miami, I think Herro is the primary x-factor. The former Kentucky player torched the Boston defense in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals for 37 points. The Heat won that ball game to go up 3-1. Miami ended up winning the series in six.

I just don’t see the Lakers losing the NBA Finals. I’ll take Davis, James, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope over Bam, Butler, and Herro.

Which team do you think wins the 2020 NBA Finals? The Los Angeles Lakers or Miami Heat? Leave a comment below.

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