Last season, even with the acquisition of LeBron James, the Lakers suffered yet another underwhelming, underperforming season.
The roster was decimated by injury and the locker room was torn apart by mid-season trade rumors that sent every player for a loop during February's trade deadline. Long story short, it was a rough going for the Lakeshow, and they found themselves unable to redeem their recent stretch of failure.
The Anthony Davis trade changed everything for them, however, and now the team is expected to compete for years to come. In a chat with ESPN, Lakers' assistant coach Jason Kidd revealed all the ways Davis will make them better this upcoming season.
“When you talk about Anthony Davis… he can put the ball on the floor, he can pass,” Kidd said. “We all know he can shoot the three, he can post up, defensively block shots, rebound. He has the total package and that’s why he’s one of the best players in the world. And so for us to be able to have him with LeBron and Kuzma and Rondo and some of these other guys on the team, it just makes it that much easier.”
As he enters his 8th season (1st for the Lakers), Davis will look for something that has alluded him his entire career: playoff success. The 6'10" big man has his best opportunity to fulfill that goal this campaign with LeBron James and the Lakers.
But as the second man up, it will be up to him to get them there.