Jefferson asserted that the Lakers are among the top 10 teams in the league and that despite being a valuable asset, D'Angelo Russell will remain with the team after the trade deadline. Channing continued by saying that despite Anthony Davis believing in Russell (a 47% field goal shooter) to avoid a double team, he cannot be an all-star with LeBron James and AD. Frye later asserted that the success of the Lakers may depend on Davis' performances. "If AD is the man, everyone else falls in line," he declared.
Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are three excellent players who have dominated MVP awards in recent NBA seasons. The fact that all three of them are huge men unites them with AD. When discussing the top big guys in the league, Anthony Davis gets brought up. Some could even contend that he plays better than any one of the three of them.