Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis has been everything and more since he entered the league.
Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, is already on a Hall of Fame-pace at age 27. The seven-time All-Star teamed up with LeBron James last season and came away with his first NBA Finals title.
Although Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers will likely be together for the next few years, the veteran big man has always been linked to his hometown Chicago Bulls.
Anthony Davis has had a stellar career
Anthony Davis has been among the NBA’s best big men since he debuted in October 2012.
Across seven seasons with the Hornets/Pelicans franchise, Davis averaged 13.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 2.4 blocks. Davis led the NBA in blocks three times and transitioned into an all-around shooter, one capable of making 33% of his shots from behind the arc.
Considering Davis made three total three-pointers in his first two seasons, that he hasn’t had fewer than 35 since the 2015-16 season is a testament to his dedication.
Davis averaged 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 1.5 steals, and 2.3 blocks in 62 games last season. He added 27.7 points, 9.7 boards, and 1.4 blocks in 21 playoff outings.
Anthony Davis has always been linked to his hometown Bulls
Anthony Davis grew up on the South Side of Chicago and stayed there until he signed with Kentucky out of high school.
Naturally, that means Davis and the Chicago Bulls have been linked to one another throughout his career. There has never been a realistic situation where Davis could play for the Bulls, however.
Chicago wasn’t in the draft lottery in 2012, when Davis went with the No. 1 overall pick. Then, the Bulls didn’t have the assets last year to put together a worthy package for Davis if they wanted to do so.
Just because media members have linked Davis and the Bulls together doesn’t mean he’ll eventually suit up in red and white. Knicks fans can attest to the fact that rumors are often just rumors.
Davis said he ‘definitely’ could see himself with the Bulls
Perhaps to troll the media and possibly because he wants to hear himself say it, Anthony Davis hasn’t shied away from the idea of potentially playing for the Bulls.
Take July 2019, when Davis attended the Nike Rise camp in Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune, Davis said he would be open to one day playing for the Bulls.
“I mean, (this is) definitely hometown. If the opportunity ever presents itself and when that time comes, I’d definitely consider it.”
As heartwarming of an opportunity as that sounds, Davis would be wise to stay away from the Bulls indefinitely. Chicago hasn’t had a winning season since 2015-16, and hasn’t made the playoffs since the following year.
Things don’t look too bright for the Bulls, who hired former Thunder head coach Billy Donovan to fill that same role earlier this offseason.
Anthony Davis, meanwhile, is expected tp re-sign with a win-now Lakers team that should be considered frontrunners to repeat as NBA champions.