Lakers’ LeBron James-Anthony Davis joins Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant in Elite Duo List

Published 12/04/2020, 11:20 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis celebrates with forward LeBron James after a play during the third quarter against the Miami Heat in game one of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have come a long way, and it is all thanks to their two big men, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. The lakers won their 17th NBA championship last season. Although their postseason run went very smoothly, the Miami Heat gave them a scary fight in the NBA Finals. For a second there, we all thought they were going to lose it again, but Davis and LeBron’s partnership was unmatched.

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LeBron James is considered the greatest of all time. So, for somebody to be able to match that wavelength is rare. King James has had some brilliant partners like Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant. But watching him with Anthony Davis is just a treat. This was Davis’ first season with the Lakers and it felt like he’s been playing for years.

The two complement each other’s game like no other. Not only that, but their friendship off the court has been extremely entertaining for the fans. While the popular belief is that when two incredibly talented players play alongside each other, some sort of friction develops about who will take what role and when. However, that’s not the case with the two. They are like two peas in a pod.

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But who knew that the dynamic duo will start making history as well?

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

The Lakers’ duo, on to great things

The Lakers were quite occupied this offseason. They were busy putting together a fresh roster that will bring them their second straight title. Although they made some amazing moves, the one thing the purple and gold fans were looking forward to was Davis signing his extension with the Lakers.

The wait finally came to an end, and they made an even better announcement. Not only did Davis sign a five-year extension with them, but LeBron James also added another two years to his contract. If that wasn’t enough, there is another spectacular news.

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According to ESPN Stats and Info, “LeBron James & Anthony Davis are tied together for the next 3 seasons. They are the 5th duo to make 1st-team All-NBA in the same season, in the last 30 seasons.”

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For the 13th time, two Lakers players have been given a spot in the same All-NBA first team. The last time, it was Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in 2004. The honor that has been bestowed upon them is huge. Only time will tell how far their partnership will take the Lakers in the upcoming season.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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