Lakers legend James Worthy gets critical of Anthony Davis move he’s avoided for years
The Los Angeles Lakers undoubtedly have the widest gap in terms of offseason projections around the league.
But others are more astutely noting the potential on-court issues the Lakers could face. The team has undergone an intense roster overhaul, swapping some role players and defensive pieces for even more top-end talent and on-ball scorers.
One potential move that’s generated buzz of late is Anthony Davis’ move to the center position. Having AD manning the five spot allows LeBron James to slide to the four, which improves the Lakers’ previously woeful spacing issues by leaps and bounds. Davis has been widely known to oppose playing the center spot in the past. But it may become a necessity this season if they want to make things work.
Lakers icon James Worthy chimed in on the move, deeming it the “best option” for the squad going forward. He kept it real in saying that the player shouldn’t be dictating what positions to play.
“I’ve never been one of those players to say ‘I don’t wanna play three, I wanna play four. I wanna play.’ I don’t know what the problem is, maybe who he defends or where he is on the floor. I think the five is a good spot for him. Because other fives don’t have a shot at guarding him.
“You want to make opponents make adjustments. Him at the five shooting three is going to pull Gobert out and they’re going to have to put somebody small on him and he can take advantage of that. I think he needs to look at what position best suits the team and what position best suits how they wanna play before he just says ‘Ahh, one or the other.’”
The Lakers have high expectations for next season. Moving Anthony Davis at the five could be their key to meeting them.