Eight-time All-Star Anthony Davis earned his first NBA championship in his first season with the Lakers. However, ever for the reason that 2019-20 season, it has been something however clean crusing for the group. Last week, Davis advised reporters that his workforce would’ve defeated the Suns within the 2021 NBA Finals, if not for his groin harm in Game 4.
With the common season quickly coming to a detailed, the Lakers rank eleventh total within the Western Conference standings. They path the Tenth-seeded Spurs by two video games, whereas remaining 2.5 video games forward of the Kings. Furthermore, Anthony Davis knowledgeable ESPN reporter Dave McMenamin, “I think the biggest thing that I think about personally is what we could have been had we stayed healthy all year.”
Anthony Davis: “What could we have been if I was healthy all year, LeBron, Kendrick Nunn? You think about those things. When we put this team together, we looked really good on paper, but we haven’t had a chance to reach that potential with guys being in and out of the lineup.” pic.twitter.com/4yuS4I7AJW
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Davis missed 39 of the Lakers’ 78 video games this season as a result of accidents. “Guys feel like, ‘Ok, what could we have been if I was healthy all year, [LeBron James] was healthy, [Kendrick Nunn] was healthy.’ You think about those things. We put this team together and it looked good on paper, but we haven’t had a chance to reach that potential with guys in and out of the lineup.”
Los Angeles has had its justifiable share of misfortune this season. In November, LeBron James obtained a one-game suspension for a flagrant foul on Pistons’ heart Isaiah Stewart. Last evening, Anthony Davis re-aggravated an harm in his foot within the first quarter in opposition to the Nuggets. Of course, James sat out of Los Angeles’ 129-118 house loss to Denver. The little issues add up over time.
Injuries, horrible performances and lack of workforce chemistry
Anyway, Davis closed out his assertion saying, “So the most frustrating part of this season is not being sure of what we could have been.” This is all so true. For some perspective, oddsmakers gave the Lakers and Nets the perfect odds to win their revered conferences. Sportsbooks had Los Angeles’ win whole set at 52.5. Now have a look at them.
On Aug. 6, 2021, the Wizards agreed to commerce Russell Westbrook, a 2023 second-round draft decide, a 2024 second-round draft decide and a 2028 second-round draft decide to the Lakers. As a part of the deal, Los Angeles traded Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma to Washington.
Fans could make excuses for Anthony Davis, contemplating he does have a historical past of coping with nasty accidents. In a complete of 39 video games performed, the 10-year veteran averaged 23.2 factors, 9.8 rebounds and three.1 assists per recreation. But what about Russell Westbrook?
Well, the triple-double king has appeared in all 77 video games. Westbrook averaged 18.4 factors, 7.5 rebounds and seven.1 assists per recreation. Though, when Davis and James shared the court docket, their opponents nonetheless outscored them.
Aside from James, each Davis and Westbrook underperformed this season, particularly scoring-wise. The workforce chemistry simply isn’t there. An absence of self-discipline and nonexistent workforce chemistry falls again on head coach Frank Vogel, too.