Anthony Davis Is Still Shocked Over How the Lakers Signed This Player During NBA Free Agency

Published 10/04/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #3 Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


The NBA preseason is officially underway. The first matchup was between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn ran through the purple and gold in their first game. However, the Lakers did miss their prime stars. Nevertheless, Anthony Davis still can’t believe how they got one player.

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Davis was the only star on the LA team for the night. But, even he did not play much as he took the floor for just 11 minutes. The coaching staff gave other young players their chance to see what would work best for them. One of these players was Malik Monk.

DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: Dwight Howard (39) of the Los Angeles Lakers high fives LeBron James (23) after dunking against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

While the Lakers received criticism for signing players that were beyond their prime, this choice of theirs is the complete opposite. 23 YO Monk impressed everyone in his debut performance. Post game AD spoke about how he can’t wrap his head around the acquisition of Monk.

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Anthony Davis still shocked to see Monk on the Lakers

While AD did not see much game time in the preseason matchup, he got to witness an impressive debut from Monk. Moreover, even LeBron James and Russell Westbrook were present in the crowd. In the post-game interview, AD had nothing but praise for the 23-year-old and is excited to share the floor with him.

He said: “We’re still surprised we got him, to be honest. He’s such a hell of a player. We saw what he did out there the minute that he played. He can score the ball all three levels. Play hard, make the right reads. So he’s going to be fun to have this year.”

This is huge praise coming from one of the best big men in the league. The young shooting guard made his mark right away as he scored 15 points in just 21 minutes in his debut. He shot 50% from beyond the arc and overall from the field as well. Looking at his performance, he could be in contention to take the starting role.

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The Brooklyn Nets dominate the Lakers with a big win

Similar to the Lakers, the Nets did not play their ‘Big 3’ in their pre-season matchup. However, they too have plenty of firepower in store. Notably, rookie and Summer League MVP, Cam Thomas put on an impressive performance as he led the Nets in scoring in their 123-97 win.

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Thomas ended the game with 21 points and continued to live up to his scoring potential. Aldridge also made his much-anticipated return to playing since being cleared. The synergy among the squad was quite visible on the Brooklyn Nets as they beat their biggest competition.

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However, in an all-out battle, anyone can come out on top. Who do you think will win with all the big names playing? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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