WATCH: Lakers’ Anthony Davis Swats Away Zion Williamson’s Close Range Attempt

Published 01/15/2021, 11:57 PM EST
Jan 15, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) blocks a shot against New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a blazing start this season. They are 10-3 right now and firmly hold the #1 seed in the Western Conference. Tonight, they are facing off against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans, and the matchup has all the ingredients to become a thriller.

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While the Lakers are naturally the favorites to win this game, the Pelicans are playing phenomenally in the initial phase. Brandon Ingram has continued his impeccable run and is pushing the team to an early lead in the game. With one quarter in the books, the Pelicans lead the game by 8 points.

Although NOLA is leading the game, Lakers’ Anthony Davis displayed his power against Zion Williamson. Zion tried to drive the ball to the basket, but AD was there and blocked it against the backboard.

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In the first half of the season, Anthony Davis has certainly made a case for becoming the Defensive Player of the Year. Last season, he finished second just behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, but this could be AD’s year.

However, that would be the last thing on Lakers’ and Davis’ mind right now. As of now, the purple and gold need to find their scoring touch in the game.

Their shooting has been terrible in the first quarter, and if they want to continue their winning streak, either LBJ or Davis needs to take over the game.

Can Lakers superstar Anthony Davis become the 2021 DPOY?

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Dec 27, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) looks on from the bench during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since Davis has arrived in LA, he has enjoyed a lot of success. Last season, he became an NBA champion for the first time in his career. This year, he and LeBron James will hope for the same level of success in the postseason.

That must be their goal as a team, but personally for AD, winning the DPOY will have a strong effect on his legacy. He is the defensive anchor for this Lakers team and has always been a superb presence at the backend.

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What are your thoughts on the race for the Defensive Player of the Year this season? Do you think Anthony Davis can bag it in? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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