If the Los Angeles Lakers aim to secure the championship this season, they are heavily reliant on big man Anthony Davis stepping up. Davis needs to transition into the role of the Lakers’ best player, taking the torch from LeBron James and delivering consistent performance in every game.
Anthony Davis, at times, exhibits the dominance that could make him the most formidable player in the NBA. However, his Achilles’ heel has been his inability to sustain this level of play consistently. This inconsistency has proven detrimental to the Lakers in various games, as LeBron James, due to his advancing age, can no longer carry the team single-handedly.
“He is the face [of the franchise],” James told ESPN during the Lakers’ annual media day Monday. “You look at all these [retired] numbers that surround this facility, all the greats that have come here and AD is one of them.”
As the new season dawns, Anthony Davis appears poised to ascend to the next level, and LeBron James seems to share this belief. During the Lakers Media Day, LeBron was unequivocal in declaring whose team the Lakers truly belong to – and it’s not his own. Nevertheless, LeBron’s presence looms large, making it evident that the team is still his in many ways. His declaration serves as a message to Davis: it’s time for him to rise to the occasion. LeBron places unwavering confidence in Davis and expects him to showcase his dominance in every outing.
“It’s my goal every year to play 82 [games],” Davis said. “And I didn’t do anything different [this summer]. I took some time off. Got back in the lab and I’m ready to get started. Nothing’s changed. Every year you want to come out every game and give your team an opportunity to win. Especially with my role, I know it’s a big piece of this team and with me being on the floor, it definitely helps us.”
The critical factor for the Lakers this season will be Anthony Davis’s ability to stay on the court. Over the years, Davis has grappled with numerous injuries, causing availability issues. His ambition is to appear in all 82 games, although this goal might be considered somewhat unrealistic. If Davis can indeed maintain his presence throughout the season, it will significantly benefit the Lakers. He serves as the driving force behind the team’s engine, and they will heavily depend on his performance once again this year.