Lakers star Anthony Davis debunks wrong perception of him by agents
After helping the Lakers secure their 17th NBA title in franchise history, Davis shifted the perception of him by agent, according to a survey conducted by The Athletic.
“There were some questions (with Davis). He had never been to the finals, he had never been in a pressure situation and, as we’ve seen with the Clippers when a new team comes together and they get to those big stages, it’s very hard to come together and play well. When Anthony hit the game-winner and hit those back to back 3s, it was, ‘Wow, here’s a guy who’s on a big stage for the first time and he’s not even a 3-point shooter like that and he hit back to back 3s to win the game.’ It said, ‘Okay, maybe this guy is an alpha superstar who didn’t have the tools around him to be that.’ … It changes the ceiling and the runway for this Lakers team. Maybe when LeBron slows down Anthony can take over and be the best player in the world.”
Entering the 2020 playoffs, Davis compiled a spectacular regular season in his debut year with the Lakers. The seven-time All-Star averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game as Los Angeles secured the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
When Davis was traded to the Lakers, everyone questioned whether or not he could help elevate the team to championship status alongside LeBron James. Davis would silence his critics rather quickly with how he took his game to another level in the NBA playoffs.
The dominant power forward would proceed to average 27.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game over the course of the postseason. He would also shoot an impressive 57 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range while locking opponents down on the defensive end.
Some were concerned that Davis, based on his run with the New Orleans Pelicans, wasn’t going to be able to help LeBron win his fourth NBA title. However, it’s evident that Davis could be getting even better after winning the first championship of his career.