Carmelo Anthony Explains How Lakers Can Benefit From Anthony Davis Playing Center

Published 10/07/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
Oct 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) throws a pass over Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Millsap (31) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The dynamic of the league has changed with the new-looking teams on display. One such team is the Los Angeles Lakers who made some big moves in the off season. Now, with preseason underway, we also saw them make another big change in their lineup regarding Anthony Davis.

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Davis had been playing at the power forward position for the Lakers until last season. However, that isn’t his original position since AD played at center with the Pelicans. At his pure position, he is one of the best big men in the entire league and for good reason.

Los Angeles, CA, Monday, December 28, 2020 – Portland Trail Blazers forward Derrick Jones Jr. (55) strips the ball from Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during second half action at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Davis can shoot, pass and he is a terrific interior scorer. With a big man of such skill, that adds a major boost to the team. Recently, Carmelo Anthony spoke about it.

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Carmelo Anthony on Anthony Davis playing center for the Lakers

Carmelo Anthony came in as a new addition into the Lakers roster. With his legendary career, the one thing he lacks is a championship. But while he is a Laker, he is in a very good position to take it all home. With team success in mind, Lakers made a big decision.

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They announced that LeBron James and Anthony Davis would play in their original positions for this season. Which means LeBron shifts to power forward and AD to center. Looking at Davis playing center, Carmelo believes that gives an upper hand to the Lakers. He believes it adds a different dynamic to their team.

This is definitely true as Davis thrives as a big man. With skilled players now available to play power forward, there is no need for AD to fit into that position. Even though he put up 22 points and 7.9 rebounds as a power forward last season, being at the five helps the whole team out.

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The main reason for this is his abundance of abilities. Anthony Davis is quick, he can finish lobs, he is a great post scorer and can handle the ball like a guard. His skill set at center is unrivaled and has huge potential on a roster such as the Lakers. This change could come in big for the purple and gold as they chase another title. Do you think AD can have an MVP like season playing center? Let us know your views 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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