The Los Angeles Lakers have a very long line of thriving and dominant large adult males who have played for them, commencing of system with George Mikan, who starred for the team during their time in Minneapolis.
There has also been Wilt Chamerblain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Pau Gasol and now Anthony Davis is carrying the proverbial torch. Like with Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar and Gasol, the Lakers acquired Davis through trade.
Davis joined forces with very good buddy LeBron James and together arguably a person of the NBA’s greatest duos led the Lakers to the greatest history in the Western Conference just before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic introduced the league to a grinding halt.
It’s despatched supporters, present and former players looking for usually means to fill the void remaining by the NBA suspending its 2019-20 season indefinitely and for Abdul-Jabbar that entailed answering concerns on Twitter as he re-watched his NBA debut with the Milwaukee Bucks.
1 of the matters Abdul-Jabbar was asked about is what present NBA player greatest resembles him, which led to the 6-time champion conveying why he believes it’s Davis:
Anthony Davis is the player that I mostly resemble but I by no means shot 3 ideas like he does.. Nonetheless all other aspects of his video game are very similar to mine https://t.co/5sRO6fIFIY
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) March 24, 2020
Presently regarded as a person of the video game’s greatest youthful players, significantly amongst large adult males, Davis has more grown his standing considering that signing up for the Lakers. He was in the early MVP discussion and has very long been a frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Calendar year.
Davis has yet to match or surpass the occupation-significant marks Abdul-Jabbar posted in rebounds (16.9) and blocked shots (4.1), equally of which arrived in 1975-76, but he has been a defensive pressure in his very own correct and essential to the Lakers’ schemes.
And though Davis made it apparent at his introductory push meeting that participating in heart on a whole-time basis was not a thing he was keen on, he would when required. Guaranteed adequate, Davis has anchored small-ball lineups on various situations this season.
Offensively, Davis — and no player for that issue — has a transfer or shot as unstoppable as Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook. Nonetheless, Davis is a risk down on the block and the perimeter, and as the Lakers legend observed, adept at taking pictures from behind the arc to fit the contemporary NBA.
Davis’ 33.5% 3-level taking pictures is the 2nd-greatest clip of his occupation.