EL SEGUNDO – The dynamic superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the Los Angeles Lakers is quickly turning out to one of the best one-two punches in the NBA. Although there was some skepticism about how long it would take to build chemistry between these two stars, Davis and James have made it work as they currently sit atop the Western Conference with a record of 12-2.
Following a final practice session in Los Angeles on Thursday before heading to the airport to begin a four-game road trip, Davis spoke to the media and shared some insight on what makes James so good on the basketball floor, and it all starts with his passing.
“He’s a great late passer,” Davis said of LeBron. “When you think he’s going to finish, he’s passing the ball to an open man. He had one in the other day when we are probably like two feet from each other, he threw like an 80 mile per hour fastball to my hand, and I missed.
“You just have to always expect a pass from him until he actually shoots the ball, and that’s what makes him so good because he gets in the paint with ease, and he’s still able to find guys.”
As of November 21, James is still leading the league in assists per game at 11.1. Only Luka Doncic (9.4) of the Dallas Mavericks sits behind him, but LeBron seems to have a tight grip on being the NBA’s assist leader for the rest of the way if he can continue playing at this level.
James’ passing has been contagious, and that selflessness has been improving the chemistry of the entire team, according to Davis.
“Anytime you have a guy like him who’s selfless and wants to make guys better around him, the chemistry for the entire team is going to be easier,” Davis said of James’ impact on the team. “We just come in and try to figure out how to make his job easier, and he’s got to figure out how to make our job easier. Playing with a guy like LeBron has been nothing but great.”