Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Anthony Davis is already known as one of the greatest big men in today’s NBA, but it sounds like he’s been working on his three-point shooting in the offseason.
As part of a recent interview with NBA 2K, Davis was asked what skills he improved most this summer. The former No. 1 overall pick says he wants to be able to stretch the floor a bit more in the coming season:
“So this summer, I improved the most on my 3-ball,” Davis said during his interview with NBA 2k. “I wanted to be able to stretch the floor at the big (position), because the game is definitely going that way now. I shot, I think, 30-something percent last year — I can’t remember — but I wanna get that in the high 30s.
“I think, by me doing that, I’ll be able to help the Lakers as much as possible — help us win games and win a championship,” Davis added.
Q: #2KDay @AntDavis23 https://t.co/iqZwxYD2iK… Where do you think you have most improved your game this summer? And what do you hope to accomplish in LA this season?
— NBA 2K (@NBA2K) September 6, 2019
Davis was officially traded to the Lakers on July 6. The 26-year-old made 56 appearances with the Pelicans last season (all starts), racking up averages of 25.9 points on 51.7 percent shooting fro the field (33.1 percent from beyond the arc), 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.4 steals in 33.0 minutes per outing.
Those are certainly impressive stats, but if Davis is truly intent on becoming a stretch five, the rest of the league could be in trouble. Though he’s 6-10, Davis has solid ball handling skills, which could create issues for opposing sides if he’s left open on the perimeter. If he’s not doubled, he’ll have the option to rise up for a shot, or he could potentially drive right by his defender.
The Lakers will still be looking for Davis’ presence in the paint, to be sure. However, as he said in his own words, the league seems to be going in the direction of a stretch 5 — a big that can play outside of the paint. Let’s see if this is the role he plays in the coming season.