“Nets Don’t Have an Answer:”-Former NBA Champion Believes Anthony Davis Is the Key Player on the Lakers Roster

Published 09/14/2021, 12:04 PM EDT
May 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts after a dunk during the second half against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports


In terms of offseason signings, the Lakers front office has done an amazing job. They signed Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony to strengthen their squad and it looks like they mean business. Even though the roster had a lot of injury troubles last season, LeBron and co defeated the Golden State Warriors in the play-in tournament. However, come playoffs, the Phoenix Suns swept past the Lakers. Anthony Davis missed games because of niggling injuries. Thus, they need him to perform for them to have any chance of winning the title.

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Richard Jefferson threw some limelight on Los Angeles’ chances for next season.

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Anthony Davis must step up!!!

Former NBA champion, Richard Jefferson, spoke about the Lakers’ chances heading into the new season.

“The only way for the Lakers if everybody is healthy to win that series is if Anthony Davis is the best player on the Lakers. If he is the best player, the Nets don’t have an answer for that. The Brooklyn Nets think the Lakers don’t have an answer for KD but the difference is, that dude is six foot eleven and they don’t have a big inside and so that’s what happened with the Lakers when they won the championship,” said Jefferson.

Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3), forward LeBron James (23) and coach Frank Vogel react in the second half during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Fans cannot underestimate the importance of Davis. Jefferson spoke about Davis being the key player for the team. His size advantage makes a vast difference to the roster.

The Lakers ended their title drought because of his outstanding performances against Miami Heat. Despite having LeBron James as a leader on the squad, Davis was key to their success. The inability to win this year’s NBA title proves why he is important.

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Davis is key to the Lakers

The arrival of Anthony Davis in the NBA meant trouble for a lot of sides.

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The big man is an able scorer, as well as an adept defender. He could do everything on a basketball court. The superstar averaged 27.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and blocked 1.4 shots per game. Those monster numbers handed him an NBA title in the 2019-2020 season. However, knee injuries derailed his plans of completing a two-peat.

May 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis slam dunks the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

He played a mere 36 games in the NBA regular season while missing key games against the Suns during the playoffs. Thus, with the key additions made to their roster, Davis will be the important player on the team, yet again. The predictions are out for the Brooklyn Nets to meet the Lakers in this year’s playoffs; with AD being the key player.

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The Lakers will be the team to beat this season with their latest recruits. Can they win the NBA title once again?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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