The L.A Lakers will look to find themselves playing for an NBA title when the season returns July 30. Before the season was suspended, the Lakers were one of the best teams in the league. A big part of that was LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
James and Davis are two of the best players in the game, and one former NBA player believes the duo is better than Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers are back at the top of the NBA
The Lakers will make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. They have not won a title since 2010. The Lakers have had one of the most successful organizations throughout NBA history. They have 16 NBA championships, which is second most behind the Boston Celtics 17 titles. When James joined the team last season, the Lakers were in a position to make it to the playoffs. But when he dealt with injuries and had to miss significant time, those playoff hopes started to fade away.
James was on a mission at the start of the 2019-20 season. He came back healthy, had a new team, and joined him was NBA star, Anthony Davis. With the addition of Davis, it was evident that the Lakers were trying to play for a title. Looking at the Lakers’ roster, they have enough manpower to compete for a title. With the addition of Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith, their outside shooting just got much better.
Then you have Davis who can play down low or out on the perimeter and Dwight Howard, who’s a dominant presence in the paint. With James leading the way, this Lakers team can make a lot of noise going into the playoffs. Multiple teams in the Western Conference will challenge the Lakers. This will be James’ first time competing in the playoffs in the west.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are playing at a high level
James and Davis have been the leaders on this Lakers team, and the duo has played well in their first season together. Through 60 games, James averaged 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 10.6 assists. Davis has averaged 26.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.4 blocks. It was rare to see both players have an off game.
James can take over the game whenever he wants, but it’s good that he has Davis on his team, so some of that pressure is taken off of him, especially on the offensive end. When the two are on the court simultaneously, opposing teams have to come up with a good game plan to try and contain the two.
Kendrick Perkins said that James and Davis are a better duo than Shaq and Kobe
The Lakers haven’t had a dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe. During their time together, they were able to win three consecutive NBA titles from 2000 to 2002. Now, this is the first year that Davis and James are playing together and who knows how long the two will stay together on the same team.
But, one of James’ former teammates already thinks that he and Davis are the better duo. Perkins had a discussion with ESPN analyst Jalen Rose regarding the Clippers and the Lakers. Rose believes that the Clippers have the upper hand on the Lakers because of their depth, but Perkins believes the Lakers have the best duo.
“Listen, when we talk about LeBron and Anthony Davis, we’re talking about the best duo since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, how can you stop them?” Perkins started. James already has that NBA championship experience, and he knows how to lead a team. Perkins had the opportunity to play with James in Cleveland and knows how good of a teammate he is. With another superstar like Davis, that gives James a better shot, and he’s playing some of the best basketball he’s played throughout his career.