Anthony Davis has already said that the main goal for the Los Angeles Lakers this year is to win an NBA title, but during a Twitter question and answer session with fans to promote NBA 2K20, Davis clarified that the NBA Finals is not just a desire for him.
It’s something he already envisions happening.
“Yes I do see myself in the championship this year. It’s going to be a lot of work, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of bumps in the road, but I think if we stay together and have the right mindset, I think we’re able to do it.”
To get there, the Lakers will have to maximize their full potential. Davis made it sound like he already has a bit of a head start on that individually, as he told a different fan that his 3-point shot is what he’s most improved this offseason:
“So this summer I improved the most on my three-ball. I wanted to be able to stretch the floor at the big (spot). The game is definitely going that way now. My shot I think was 30-something percent last year, I can’t remember (Editor’s Note: Davis shot 33.1% from behind the arc last season), but I for sure want to get that in the high 30’s... I think by me doing that I’ll be able to help the Lakers as much as possible and help us win games, and hopefully a championship.”
Q: #2KDay @AntDavis23 https://t.co/iqZwxYD2iK… Where do you think you have most improved your game this summer? And what do you hope to accomplish in LA this season?— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) September 6, 2019
That’s exactly what Davis should be working on, as it would basically make him unguardable. Or more unguardable than he already is, really. Davis is a seven-foot, athletic lob target who is also a threat as a dribble-driver and on the offensive glass. If defenses can’t sag off of him on the perimeter, that tighter coverage will result in even more such driving opportunities, and make the Lakers’ offense that much more dangerous. Davis’ work still has to translate from summertime open jumpers to NBA games, but if it can, this is a wonderful development for his new team.
In addition to his own improvements, this season Davis will also be paired with LeBron James, the best player he’s ever played with, which should lead to some natural strides forward for the superstar as well.
Davis and James’ games complement each other as well — as opposed to how some superstars have too much overlap in their talents to fully maximize each other — and so the combination of the two might even be greater than the sum of their parts for the Lakers. Davis is excited about the possibilities:
I think it’ll be great playing alongside LBJ. He’s a future HOF’er and he makes all his teammates better so I’m excited to share the floor with him soon https://t.co/9LD3SgKLR1— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) September 6, 2019
I think it’s fair to say that the feeling is probably mutual for James, and that Lakers fans are just as excited to see James and Davis join forces in purple and gold.
The whole thread/Q&A with Davis is kind of a fun read, and can be viewed in its entirety here. For more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts. You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen.