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Report: Anthony Davis comfortable playing minutes at center during playoffs, prefers true big next to him in regular season

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While Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis is comfortable playing minutes at center during the playoffs, he prefers a true big next to him during the regular season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Lakers are going to sign Dwight Howard once he clears waivers after losing DeMarcus Cousins to an ACL tear. Davis will play next to JaVale McGee in the starting lineup.

For Davis, the desire to play alongside a true center is real. Davis is comfortable playing minutes at center during the playoffs, a league source told The Athletic but prefers a true big next to him over a full regular season.

At his introductory press conference with the Lakers, Anthony Davis said, “I like playing the four, I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. I like playing the four, I don’t really like playing the five. But if it comes down to it, Coach, and you need me to play the five, I’ll play the five.”

Last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, Davis put up 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 blocks in 56 games. The six-time All-Star shot 51.7 percent from the floor, 33.1 percent from the 3-point line and 79.4 percent from the charity stripe.

The Lakers’ projected starting lineup for next season is LeBron James, Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee. Dwight Howard will be McGee’s backup.