Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis played an instrumental role in his team’s title-winning run one year ago.
Unfortunately, he regressed badly in the follow-up campaign. Part of it stemmed from dealing with injuries, and the other part came from his horrendous early-season conditioning. It was so bad, in fact, that even Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green called him out for it.
So was Davis’ one stellar year an aberration, or will he return to that form next season once he is fully healthy?
This week, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighed in on Davis.
In an interview with Sanjesh Singh of USA Today, Abdul-Jabbar gave his assessment of Davis:
“I have a favorite big man, and he happens to play in L.A. and wear number 3, Anthony Davis.
“I think he’s the most talented. Defensively in the paint, he’s awesome. Offensively in the paint, he’s awesome, and then he can go out on the perimeter and be a problem. He can hit the 3 consistently or the mid- and long-range jumper. So, I would have to go with him.”
Next season will be a big one. Davis has readily admitted this year was a disaster and has already concocted a big plan to save the Lakers from the fate that befell them in 2020-21. Whether it will ultimately be successful or not remains to be seen.