Nobody knows what quite to expect from LeBron James and Anthony Davis this upcoming year. As one of the summer's many newly formed duos, they will come into the season with optimism and enthusiasm as they hope to turn the ship around for the struggling Lakers.
As for AD himself, he has placed particularly difficult goals for himself this year, including winning the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year.
Davis was the runner up for the award, placing 2nd behind Rudy Gobert in 2018. So, the goal of him taking it home is certainly an achievable one. Earlier this month, he also expressed his desire to dominate on the defensive end.
"I want to be Defensive Player of the Year. I think if I'm able to do that, I can help this team win. The offensive end will come around, but defensively, I want to hold myself, teammates, including LeBron, accountable in order for us to take on the challenge of being the best we can defensively. In doing so, we'll have a good chance of winning every night. I want to make sure me and LeBron are on the All-Defensive Team. And for me personally, I just want to be the Defensive Player of the Year. If we're able to hold teams under 100 [points], which is probably unrealistic but it should be our goal, I think we'll have a shot at winning the title."
The Lakers might be even more grateful. In year's past, the team has struggled defensively, and it has cost them some major success over the past few seasons. With Davis' commitment on that end of the floor, it should do wonders for the organization going forward.
We'll see if LeBron follows his lead.