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Former NBA Executive On Anthony Davis: "AD Is Special, But He Needs A Guard Like Rondo To Be Great."

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Anthony Davis is a fantastic player, and when healthy, he is a top-tier big man in this league. Anthony Davis can play on both ends of the floor. He has a versatile skillset offensively, and the same can be said about his defense, as he is able to guard multiple positions very well for his size. 

There is no question that Anthony Davis is a good player individually. However, a former NBA executive believes that he needs a playmaking guard like Rajon Rondo to be elite. It makes sense that good playmakers would get the best out of a great threat on the interior such as Anthony Davis.

But Rondo is more of a sure thing for the Lakers because both James and Davis trust him. Beyond the title won together in 2020, Rondo and Davis were teammates on the 2017-18 New Orleans Pelicans. In the first-round sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, Rondo averaged 13.3 assists per game and then delivered 21 assists in a Game 3 win against the Golden State Warriors in the next round.

The Warriors went on to win the title, beating the Pelicans in five along the way. Rondo moved on to join the Lakers in 2018, and Davis soon followed in the blockbuster trade in 2019.

"AD is special, but he needs a guard like Rondo to be great," the former executive said. "But paring LeBron and AD, all bets are off."

There is no doubt that Rajon Rondo and Anthony Davis are simply a good fit with one another on the court. Having a good passer at the guard position as a dominant big man is generally useful, as good passers can generally get big men the ball in their spots. Rajon Rondo and Anthony Davis will play together for the third time, and perhaps the partnership will result in a championship like it did in 2020.