As the Los Angeles Lakers got stronger through adding Anthony Davis, so did the rest of the Western Conference.
In Houston, the Rockets paired two players that have won league MVP within the last five years in Russell Westbrook and James Harden. In Utah, the Jazz bolstered their bench and added two key starters in Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic, and, of course, the LA Clippers managed to add two elite-two way superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
The top of the west is the best and most balanced it’s been in years, and the bottom of the west isn’t too shabby either with up-and-coming teams like the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans. While that might intimidate some players, Davis told reporters that he’s looking forward to the competition during his introductory press conference at the UCLA Health Training Center on Saturday.
“It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be fun for sure. I’m excited about it, I think the league has grown and I think it’s better. All the players teaming up and kind of spreading that talent throughout the league, it’s going to be a fun season,” Davis said.
The Lakers might not have the depth or chemistry some of the other teams that will also be battling for a playoff spot like the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets, but Davis is confident that his team will be ready to compete with the best of them when the time comes.
“I like our roster. I like every player that we have from one through 15. Well, 14 (laughs). One through 14. So I’m excited about it and I’ll put our roster up against anybody. I feel like in a seven-game series that we’ll come out victorious,” Davis said.
Considering Davis will have the help of James, who made eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances prior to last season, and two-time NBA champion Danny Green, he has every reason to be confident.
There’s a good chance the Lakers get off to a slow start because they have a new head coach and eight new players on their roster, but when the postseason rolls around, it’s going to be hard to bet against two of the most dominant players in NBA history, whether they’re the first seed or eighth seed.