Lakers’ Anthony Davis vows to make long-awaited change to make Russell Westbrook trade work
The Los Angeles Lakers have their third star in Russell Westbrook. But the million dollar question is will it work out?
The three superstar names are the type of Big 3 little kids mash together on NBA 2K. but given the skill sets of each player, it could be quite a challenge to make it all work harmoniously.
The Lakers stars reportedly had that exact conversation with each other in a meeting at LeBron James’ mansion a full two weeks before the trade. There they vowed to make the necessary adjustments, including a positional shift Anthony Davis had been opposed to for his entire career – playing center.
Via LA Times’ Broderick Turner:
James and Davis talked about the two of them changing positions if that was best for the team — James moving from small forward to power forward and Davis from power forward to center.
Westbrook let James and Davis know he doesn’t mind playing off the ball when James initiates the offense, something he did while playing alongside James Harden with the Houston Rockets.
LA’s spacing was already an issue last season. Now that they’ve swapped Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma for Russell Westbrook, things won’t be any better in that regard. Having Anthony Davis play the five could be the key to finding a lineup that maximizes all their strengths, while keeping key shooters on the floor instead of another big man with AD in the paint.
Davis has long been reluctant to play center throughout his entire career, which puts extra train on his already injury-prone body. But it might be a risk worth taking if it brings them their next championship. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out.