Anthony Davis believes the Los Angeles Lakers are the workforce to beat within the NBA.
The Lakers agreed a deal on June 15 to pair Davis with LeBron James, sending Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and three first-round draft picks to the New Orleans Pelicans in alternate for the six-time All Star.
Former All-Star heart DeMarcus Cousins signed a one-year cope with the Lakers final week, whereas the workforce additionally introduced again level guard Rajon Rondo as they put extra items of their revamped roster into place.
The pairing of Davis and James comes at an intriguing time within the NBA, with quite a few celebrity duos coming collectively across the league.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have each joined the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving selected to maneuver to the Brooklyn Nets, whereas Russell Westbrook and James Harden have now teamed up in Cleveland.
Davis shouldn’t be fearful in regards to the competitors, nonetheless.
“I’ll put our roster up against anybody,” Davis mentioned, as he addressed the media for the primary time as a member of the Lakers. “In a seven-game series, I think we’ll come out victorious.”
Normal supervisor Rob Pelinka referred to as the acquisition of Davis a “history-shifting” second for the franchise.
“There is no more complete basketball player in the game,” he mentioned. “There is nothing he can’t do. He can shoot. He can make plays. He can defend 1-5. He can protect the rim. He can handle the ball. His dedication to his craft is unparalleled.”
Davis mentioned his function with the Lakers and mentioned he would play heart if the workforce wanted him to, however that was not his first alternative.
“I like playing the four. I’m not even going to sugarcoat it,” Davis advised reporters earlier than trying to Frank Vogel, the Lakers’ first-year coach. “If it come down to it, coach, and you need me to play the five, I’ll play the five.”
When requested whether or not he meant to take video games off through the season to relaxation, he made it clear that additionally wasn’t his first alternative.
“I’m playing. I’m 26 years old,” he mentioned. “I love the game of basketball. I’m ready to play.”
Davis averaged 25.9 factors and 12.zero rebounds per recreation in 56 video games with the Pelicans final season.