Anthony Davis can do it all. Not only is he one of the most dominant defensive players in the NBA, but he’s also a force on offense from the inside and — occasionally — the outside. On Friday, when the Los Angeles Lakers visited the Oklahoma City Thunder, Davis had his outside shot going.
In 35:14 against the Thunder, Davis scored a game-high 33 points, including a season-high four 3-pointers in seven attempts. It marked just the sixth time Davis has had four 3-pointers in a game.
Davis’ 3-point shot isn’t always going to fall at a 57.1% clip — nor does it have to with the looks he’s getting under the rim with LeBron James — but when it is, he’s almost impossible to guard. In fact, after the Lakers’ 130-127 win over the Thunder, head coach Frank Vogel went as far as to say Davis is one of a kind (via Spectrum SportsNet):
“There is no one like him in the NBA. That’s how unique it is. Like I said, the amount of ways he impacts the game. Shooting threes … attacking the basket, two four-point plays tonight and elite defense all over the place. He’s something special.”
Some might use the word “unicorn” to describe Davis’ uniqueness, but not Davis himself:
“Nah that’s for you guys (in the media). The one guy they call a unicorn is that guy in Dallas, (Kristaps) Porzingis. I just try to play my game and help my team win.”
Besides, if Porzingis is a unicorn, Davis is more of a centaur.
Or a yeti.
Or a short line at In-N-Out.
The point is: Davis is a once in a generation type of talent, and he’s teammates with someone that is in the conversation for the greatest of all time.
It almost goes without saying, but the Lakers are in good hands this season, and hopefully beyond.