Lakerholicz – Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis holding the basketball during a game playing for USA

Anthony Davis is one of the elite players in the NBA. If you were sleeping through last season, you may be wondering: who does Anthony Davis play for? After a long and protracted trade negotiation, Anthony Davis is officially an LA Laker.

The Lakers fans will feel a sense of optimism this season that they haven’t felt for a very long time. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the roster, there is a real possibility that the Lakers will break their NBA Playoff drought, and possibly go all the way.

Anthony Davis has averaged more than 20 points every season in all but his rookie season. At the age of 26, there is no doubt that the Lakers could have Davis for the prime years of his career. If he can keep his injuries to a minimum, Anthony Davis could add his chapter to a long list of great LA Lakers centers.

Choosing Anthony Davis’ position on the court might be one of the best problems head coach Frank Vogel has ever had to solve. Davis can play as both a power forward and center. His skillset is so well-rounded, he is one of the NBAs best in either position. It is possible that LeBron will play as forward and Davis as a center. LeBron has apparently intimated that he’d like Davis to be the focus of the Lakers offense. Either way, you will be hard pressed to find a better duo in any NBA franchise’s roster.

For a full picture of what he brings to the Lakers, let’s have a look at Anthony Davis’ career and how he became a household name.

Early career

Anthony Davis was born on 11 March 1993 in Chicago, Illinois, along with his twin-sister Antoinette. Anthony Davis grew up in South Side of Chicago and attended Perspectives Charter School from sixth grade onwards.

Perspectives Charter School was not known as a sporting school and played in the Blue Division of the Chicago Public High School League. As a result, there wasn’t much media coverage of their games. In spite of this, Anthony Davis’ performances helped to bring the school into the spotlight and got his talents noticed. In 2013, Davis donated $65,000 towards the building of a basketball court for Perspectives Charter School.

By the end of his high school career, Anthony Davis had the pick of the top basketball universities in the nation. In his senior year, he averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds and 7 blocks per game. Even from 2010, there were rumours of an agreement with the University of Kentucky and an approach from Syracuse.

His performances earned him a selection in the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, amongst others. In the Jordan Brand Classic, Davis scored 29 points. At the time, this was second only to LeBron James, who scored 34 points in the 2003 Jordan Brand Classic. Anthony Davis ended high school with ESPN and Scout Media rating him the best school player of 2011.

With his pick of universities, Anthony Davis ultimately decided to go with the University of Kentucky. Davis would be a one-and-done with Kentucky. In his solitary season with Kentucky, he would average a double-double of 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds, along with 4.7 blocks and 1.3 assists per game.

Anthony Davis led Kentucky to the 2012 NCAA championship title while achieving multiple personal honors. In 2012, he was selected as the SEC Player of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, NABC Defensive Player of the Year, Consensus National Player of the Year and Consensus First Team All-American.

After his freshman year, Anthony Davis enlisted for the 2012 NBA Draft.

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans made Anthony Davis NBA draft number 1. At the time, the Pelicans were still called the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets would rename themselves as the New Orleans Pelicans at the end of the 2012-2013 season.

In his rookie season, Davis averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. His performances earned him a selection for the 2013 NBA All-Rookie First Team. His NBA debut against San Antonio Spurs announced a career habit of starting the season with an excellent performance. He scored 21 points against the Spurs despite losing the game.

The 2013-2014 season would see him level up his game and his stats. During the season, Davis averaged 20.8 points, 10 rebounds, 2.8 blocks (most in the league) and 1.6 assists per game. Davis was selected for the NBA All-Star game. He has averaged a double-double and been selected for the All-Star game in every season since.

The 2014-2015 season would bring Anthony Davis his first experience of the playoffs. During the season, Davis averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.9 blocks (most in the league for the second consecutive season) and 2.2 assists per game. His performance in the playoffs would be even more impressive. Davis averaged 31.5 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists per game. In addition to playing the NBA All-Star game, Davis was also selected for the All-NBA First Team.

Anthony Davis playing for the New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony Davis’ performances pushed the Pelicans to offer a contract extension in July 2015. Anthony Davis’ contract was valued at $145,000,000 over five years. During the 2015-2016 season, Davis would show his worth. He averaged 24.3 points 10.3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1.9 assists per game.

Against the Detroit Pistons on 21 February 2016, Davis scored 59 points and 20 rebounds. Davis set a franchise point record as well as become only the third player, after Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Webber, to score 50 points and land 20 rebounds in a game since 1983.

In the 2016-2017 season, Davis averaged 28 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.2 assists. It was a season of high scoring as he had seven 40+ point games on his way to reaching 2000 season points. He was selected for the NBA All-Star game and broke Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star point record. Davis scored 52 points and 10 rebounds during the game. In spite of his performances and selection for the All-NBA First Team, the Pelicans failed to make the playoffs.

The 2017-2018 season would also be a high scoring season for Davis. He averaged 28.1 points (career-high), 11.1 rebounds, 2.6 rebounds (the third time that Davis had the most blocks in the league) and 2.3 assists per game. This season, the Pelicans would make the playoffs, with Davis averaging 30.1 points and 13.4 rebounds per game. He was selected for the All-NBA First Team and the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

His final season with the Pelicans would be dominated by a potential Anthony Davis trade. Most Anthony Davis news headlines focused around his trade request and the Pelicans holding him out as a response. Despite this, Davis still averaged 25.9 points, 12 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 3.9 assists per game, earning him a spot in the NBA All-Star game.

Between June and July 2019, the Pelicans and the LA Lakers negotiated the Anthony Davis trade.

Los Angeles Lakers

Palm trees and city skylines all lit up during sunset in Los Angeles

On 6 July 2019, Lakers news headlines celebrated the arrival of their new star player. For the Lakers, Anthony Davis represents their best bet at breaking their NBA Playoff drought.

Anthony Davis’ Lakers career has only just begun, yet he is already a firm fan favorite. If he can stay fit throughout the Lakers schedule, there is a realistic chance he could even win his first NBA championship ring. If that were to happen, you might even hear Lakers fans calling for a Davis statue at the Staples Center. To find out more about Davis and the Lakers, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.

NBA stats

Anthony Davis’ stats showcase why he is considered one of the best current players in the NBA. During the season, he averages 23.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 2.1 assists per game. In the playoffs, Davis averages 30.5 points, 12.7 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.8 assists per game. Lakers fans will hope to see these stats and more during the 2019-2020 season.

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