The real reason Anthony Davis is not playing more at center for Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel has a specific reason for not playing Anthony Davis at the center position a lot in the 2020 playoffs.
Vogel admitted that the Lakers are trying to protect Davis from injury since the center spot takes a lot of beating during games. It also helps that Los Angeles has a future Hall of Famer starting at center in Dwight Howard.
Frank Vogel reiterates that the reason they don't play Anthony Davis at the five more is to avoid the banging he'd sustain if he played that position full-time, and because he says that for most of the season the numbers were better with Davis at the four.
— Finals Faigen (@hmfaigen) October 2, 2020
While Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the NBA, he has been prone to injury since entering the league as the No. 1 overall pick in 2012 out of Kentucky.
With that being said, it’s smart for the Lakers to play Howard at center and Davis at the power forward spot. Los Angeles has been dominating teams at Walt Disney World using this tactic, so there’s no need for Vogel and his staff to change anything.
Barring a miracle from the Miami Heat, it appears the Lakers are going to win the 2020 title since Miami saw Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo sustain injuries.
Davis wanted to play with LeBron James in Los Angeles for this very reason. He has accomplished a lot since entering the NBA, but the Larry O’Brien trophy remains elusive to him.
With that said, AD’s decision to request a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans and tell his agent he wanted to get to the Lakers was clearly the right move by the Chicago native.