The LA Lakers guided their way toward securing an NBA title behind their star duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It has quickly shifted attention to the franchise’s future as they are back on top of the league. Beyond that, the four-time NBA Finals MVP has just made a frightening statement about Davis that should put the rest of the NBA on notice.
Lakers secure their 17th NBA championship
The Lakers completed their impressive journey toward an NBA title on Sunday after moving past the Miami Heat in a convincing Game 6 win.
LA had a dominant run through the playoffs with a 16-5 record that garnered the franchise their 17th NBA title, which ties them for the all-time record with the Boston Celtics. LeBron James headed the charge with his stellar play averaging 27.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.8 assists on 56% shooting from the floor in 21 postseason games.
James stepped it up when the lights were the brightest in the NBA Finals as he averaged a near triple-double with 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists on 58.5 % shooting from the field. His triple-double effort headlined in the series-clinching Game 6 win, which secured his spot as the first player to win NBA Finals MVP with three different teams.
It was much more than James as Anthony Davis was a tremendous difference maker on both ends of the floor throughout the playoffs. Davis muscled through injuries and remained a game-changing factor. Meanwhile, role players such as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, and Dwight Howard all played crucial parts in the run to the NBA title.
Following securing the NBA title, LeBron James took to social media to send a frightening message about his fellow star teammate.
LeBron James believes Anthony Davis’ best years are ahead
In their first season together with the Lakers, LeBron James and Anthony Davis accomplished the impressive feat of winning an NBA title.
James and Davis anchored LA’s run to a championship behind their play that cemented their legacy with the franchise. Beyond that, the four-time NBA Finals MVP voiced on Instagram that he believes that Davis’ best years on the basketball court are ahead of him.
That simple!! My brother is a ANIMAL and the scariest thing about it he’s just scratching the surface of his potential! My Goodness bro you’re Special! @antdavis23 “He Like That”. Congrats Champ!!
In Davis’ first year with the Lakers, he put forth a stellar campaign that saw him earn an All-NBA First Team selection and finish second for the Defensive Player of the Year award. In many ways, he was the team’s anchor on both ends of the floor and stepped it up in the playoffs.
Davis is a bonafide star that the Lakers can build around for many years to come, especially with James in tow. He’s in the prime of his career and could add more to his game beyond his tremendous outside shooting touch. There may be much more to come from Davis, and that could mean an incredibly bright future ahead in LA.
Lakers’ bright future ahead
The Lakers will let winning an NBA title soak in for the next couple of weeks, but it’s hard not to look forward to next season.
LA should be in a position to vie for another championship, especially if their core group stays intact. The overwhelming expectation is that Anthony Davis will re-sign with the team. At the same time, many of their key role players in Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and JaVale McGee should likely pick up their player options.
Dwight Howard’s situation in free agency should be interesting to watch, but the Lakers will likely make a strong push to retain him. Meanwhile, the team will have the financial flexibility to add to their roster with more talent. All that should see LA position themselves to defend their title next year and possibly beyond.