Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is widely recognized as arguably the greatest player in NBA history. Since stepping away from the game, Abdul-Jabbar has maintained a strong pulse on the league. All that guided him to dish out an enormous compliment to Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s remarkable NBA career
Abdul-Jabbar dominated the game of basketball throughout his illustrious career.
He proved to be an extremely talented player on both ends of the floor, translating to experiencing unmatched success. He won three NCAA titles and three National College Player of the Year awards before entering the league.
Abdul-Jabbar topped that with an incredible NBA career behind earning numerous honors, such as six NBA titles, six regular-season MVP awards, 10 All-NBA First Team selections, and a record 19 All-Star Game nods. He also finished as the game’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 career points.
The 74-year-old remains significantly attached to the league, which he recently chose to give a current Lakers star some huge praise.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar issues Anthony Davis a huge compliment: ‘I think he’s the most talented’
Despite playing his last NBA game more than three decades ago, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar continues to remain around the NBA.
The Hall of Famer maintains a pulse on the league through his interactions with players and various events honoring legends. He’s become the center of attention again after becoming one of the three athletes on the cover of NBA 2K22’s 75th Anniversary edition.
It led him to discuss the state of the league, where he pinpointed the Lakers’ current star big man as his favorite frontcourt player.
“I have a favorite big man and he happens to play in LA and wear number 3, Anthony Davis,” Abdul-Jabbar said via LeBron Wire. “I think he’s the most talented. Defensively in the paint, he’s awesome. Offensively in the paint, he’s awesome, and then he can go out on the perimeter and be a problem. He can hit the 3 consistently or the mid-and long-range jumper. So, I would have to go with him.”
Abdul-Jabbar also mentioned Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid and reigning league MVP Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic in the same breath. However, the six-time NBA champion voiced he needs to watch those players more to put them over Davis as his favorite frontcourt talent.
It’s certainly high praise for the 28-year-old to receive admiration from arguably the greatest player in NBA history. Davis holds a unique skill set with his ability to score from anywhere on the floor while being among the best defensive talents. All that sets the bar high to continue performing at an elite level while guiding Los Angeles to tremendous success.
Lakers hold a bright future ahead
Although the Lakers fell well short of capturing a second straight NBA title, the team’s future remains bright.
Davis, alongside LeBron James, anchor Los Angeles’ roster will put them back into title contention next season. The front office will work tirelessly to construct a strong supporting cast the star talent.
Davis is entering the second year of his five-year, $189.9 million that runs through the 2024-25 season. He will spend the offseason getting his body prepared properly after limping through this past campaign battling nagging injuries. The Lakers’ chances of vying for an NBA title lie on his shoulders as he’s the centerpiece on both ends of the floor.
It’s likely why Abdul-Jabbar chose him as his favorite player to watch, as he’s the pivotal piece that can drive the Lakers to another championship. With Davis and James leading the charge in Los Angeles, the team remains on a promising path ahead.
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