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Lakers’ Anthony Davis passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in unique record

Anthony Davis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis has moved up the ladder in the record for most games with at least three blocks and three steals. The list is currently led by NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon (204), with AD surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (42) for ninth in the list.

In the Lakers’ 94-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, Davis had three steals and three blocks to go along with his 26-point, 10-rebound output. This marked his 43rd game with at least three steals and three blocks.

As seen in the list, Davis is closing in on Kevin Garnett, Josh Smith and Patrick Ewing. Olajuwon’s record seems a mile away from where Davis is standing now. But seeing the other players in the club and remembering how great defenders they were, one can safely say that AD is indeed one of the best stoppers out there.

It’s a travesty that Davis has never been crowned Defensive Player of the Year, especially since he has a ton of defensive-related accolades in his resume. The Lakers big man has been selected into the All-Defensive First Team and All-Defensive Second Team two times each, while also leading the league in blocks thrice.

Last season, the Kentucky product finished second behind Giannis Antetokounmpo in the DPOY voting. It is the second time he  finished among the top three vote-getters. In 2018, he finished third behind Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.

It’s still a matter of wait-and-see if Anthony Davis can add a Defensive Player of the Year trophy to his shelf. If not, it won’t disqualify the Lakers star from being one of the best defenders that the league has ever seen.