Anthony Davis Proving Lakers Can't Be Counted Out
The Lakers' star big man is bringing the team back from the brink
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What Anthony Davis is doing is nothing short of incredible. In the last 9 games, the Lakers’ superstar bigman is averaging 35 points, 16 rebounds, and 3 blocks while shooting 65% from field, 46% from 3, and 88% from the free throw line with over 10 attempts per game. Most recently, he dropped a whopping 55 points and 17 rebounds on a Wizards team that quickly realized they had no chance of stopping him.
During that stretch the Lakers, who stumbled out of the gates, are 7-2 and looking like a very different team than the one we saw even a month ago.
For the past few seasons, Lakers fans have hoped that the version of Davis that helped LA win a championship in 2020 would re-appear. It seemed to be a foolish dream; the prayer of the desperate who needed Davis to return to a time that seemed so far away.
Some embers of hope still flickered as we entered the 2022-2023 season, but even the most optimistic fan wouldn’t have dared consider that Davis could actually be better than he was in 2020, yet here we are.
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