The LA Lakers have marched their way toward closing in on an NBA title this season. It has seen their dynamic star duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis guide the way in what has been an impressive push through the playoffs. That has also started up a conversation that has led to Dwyane Wade to make an admission that his former longtime teammate already knew.
LeBron James’ success playing with Anthony Davis
Following Anthony Davis’ arrival to the Lakers, the bar of expectations was immediately raised toward competing for an NBA title.
Davis quickly found success playing next to LeBron James as the two guided the team to the best mark in the Western Conference. The Lakers star forwards each put together impressive campaigns. James finished second for the MVP award, and Davis finished second for the Defensive Player of the year honor while both earned All-NBA First Team nods.
Their success in the regular season has translated to a deep playoff run, guiding the Lakers back to the NBA Finals for the first time in a decade. The dominant stretch toward a championship has also begun another conversation around Davis concerning James.
It has led Dwyane Wade to admit something that many envisioned about the Lakers’ star big man playing alongside James.
Dwyane Wade admits Anthony Davis’ play compliments LeBron James the best
With the Lakers moving through the playoffs, the storyline around the team has transitioned toward Anthony Davis.
The debate has guided the conversation around him possibly being the best player LeBron James has played next to in his illustrious career. That discussion reached Dwyane Wade over the weekend as he admitted on Twitter that Davis compliments James better than him or any of his other teammates over the years.
It isn’t to say that Wade believes that Davis is a better player than he was, but it underlines that the big man fits best alongside James. The 27-year-old has played at an elite level next to the four-time league MVP, which is evident by both earning All-NBA First Team selections.
Wade is undoubtedly the most successful teammate James has had as the two went to four NBA Finals with a pair of NBA championships. It may just be a brief time that Davis and James have spent together, but it quite evident that the two have incredibly strong chemistry and cohesiveness on the court together.
Lakers hoping to bounce back in Game 4
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have guided the Lakers to the NBA Finals in their first season together.
The pairing pushed LA to wins in the first games of the series over the Miami Heat before falling in Game 3. Davis struggled in the contest as he experienced foul trouble through the first three quarters, which contributed to his quiet offensive performance.
It saw him take just nine total shots while the Lakers struggled with turnovers with 20 turnovers. Meanwhile, star forward Jimmy Butler guided the Heat behind an impressive outing with a triple-double effort with games highs with 40 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds.
The Lakers will need Davis to be a massive factor offensively similar to how he was in the first two games of the series with north of 30 points in each contest. If LA hopes to move a game closer to snagging an NBA title, it will need to see their star big man head the charge next to James in Game 4.