Unpopular Opinion: Lakers Are Still LeBron James’ Team and Anthony Davis Is Not Close | NBA News

Published 10/15/2021, 11:59 AM EDT
Sep 28, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) is photographed during media day at the UCLA Health and Training Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


With the loss to Sacramento Kings, the Los Angeles Lakers marked their sixth consecutive loss in the pre-season. This is the team that is supposed to be the favorite to win the Western Conference title. It’s surprising to see them not come out with a single victory in the pre-season. Especially when their roster is stacked with all-star talent, including LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

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Among other all-star caliber talents, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James both missed a few games before starting their pre-season campaigns. However, Anthony Davis has played every game in the pre-season, including the opener against the Nets. And unfortunately, he has not performed up to the caliber that is expected from him.

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Are the Los Angeles Lakers still LeBron James’ team?

Coming into the regular season, there was a strong rumor that LeBron James will take a back seat on the court in terms of his play on the ball. This led to the discussion of who will be the primary playmakers and main scorers of the team. While the primary playmaker would naturally be Russell Westbrook in LeBron’s absentia, the main scorer was the matter of concern.

Several experts felt Anthony Davis will have to step up on the opportunity and fulfill that role as the primary scorer. However, his performance in the pre-season has created doubts in the minds of many supporters of the team. So does that mean LeBron’s change this season will come from being the primary playmaker to being the primary scorer? Does his physicality still support that role? In his performance against the Kings, he surely showed that he still has what it takes to dominate on the scoring end.

October 14, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots the basketball against Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes (22) and forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

But can he do this consistently? Certainly, at the age of 36 turning 37 between the season, experts would not favor LeBron to take this role. However, the King has always proved his critics wrong. So if he’s going to be the primary scorer, what about Davis?

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What does this mean for Anthony Davis?

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Several experts predicted that Anthony Davis will have to step up for the success of the Lakers in the regular season. If things go the way they did in the pre-season, Davis might soon see his role change in the roster.

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However, we can say one thing for certain. LeBron is extremely good at adapting to the required roles in any franchise he plays on. He is certainly going to be the leader on the court for the Lakers. The Lakers will have to rely on his consistency to lead them into the playoffs. The Lakers are undoubtedly still LeBron’s team.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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