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Lakers’ Anthony Davis says he’s ‘the best in the world’

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Los Angeles Lakers new star Anthony Davis isn’t shying away from the new spotlight that comes with being the new attraction in La La Land, putting out a clear message when it comes to his place in the league and what he brings to the table for a much different-looking Lakers team.

“I’m the best in the world,” Davis told Alam Abdeldaiem of Sports Illustrated. “I think I do a lot of things that a lot of players can’t do as far as playing a complete game. I can play on the block, play on the perimeter, play defense on both ends, switch 1-5, guard, score the basketball. I want to be the most dominant player in the game, and I’m going to continue to do that.

“Obviously you have players like Kawhi, KD, LeBron, Steph all of those guys who are the same way. They’re great players, talented players, Hall of Famers, and that’s what makes our game fun. Everyone wants to be the best in the league. Everyone wants to be the most dominant, and that’s when our competitive edge comes out on the floor and makes the game so fun to watch.”

The entire Western Conference is bound for a collision course as the Lakers’ hallway rivals, the L.A. Clippers, have souped-up their roster with the acquisition of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, while teams like the Utah Jazz have also improved through trades and offseason acquisitions, making this upcoming season all the more unpredictable.

The Lakers are undoubtedly expected to make the playoffs this season with two superstars on the floor together, but how much they excel will largely depend on Davis putting that “best in the world” potential in play for his new team.