‘No Disrespect to Bron’- Former NBA Champion Believes Anthony Davis Is the Key To Lakers Success

Published 04/17/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) celebrate during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Anthony Davis has been sitting out for a long time now. Davis went down with a calf injury in February, and the Lakers have been cautious while bringing him back. Considering what happened when Kevin Durant came back from a calf injury too soon, the Lakers are making the right call by resting AD until he is 100%.

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That may also be the right call for another reason. Former NBA Champion Rasheed Wallace believes that Anthony Davis is more important for the Lakers’ success than LeBron James. Wallace and his Detroit Pistons saw their reign of terror on the Eastern Conference in the mid-2000s end partly because of the rise of LeBron and his Cavaliers.

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“I think he’s the pivotal piece for the Lakers. No disrespect to Bron and the other guys out there, but AD seems to me as that pivotal piece for the Lakers to repeat. Of course he has to stay healthy. It’s going to be hard. I’m not saying it’s a cakewalk for them even when AD comes back. Because as you said, you’ve got Phoenix, you’ve got Denver, you’ve got Utah, and you’ve got Portland. It’s definitely going to be a race.”

Anthony Davis: Is he more important than LeBron James?

Anthony Davis is more important than LeBron James when it comes to mapping the future of the team. After all, LeBron is 36 years old and cannot carry the same load he has had his entire career through his twilight.

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Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) sits on the bench during the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

With his ball-distribution abilities, James can recede his role and become a playmaker that facilitates the offense through Davis. However, that day still hasn’t come. James is still capable of doing everything on the court. He has even improved his defense to help set the tone for Davis and others last season.

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Davis is the key to unlocking the Lakers’ success without a doubt. After all, LeBron cannot carry this team to the Finals alone. Davis is crucial for that. However, we may be a year or two too soon in saying that the Lakers are dependent more on Anthony Davis than LeBron James.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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