The Los Angeles Lakers are now sitting at an even .500 on the season after last night's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. They've gone 3-5 since LeBron James hit the bench with an abdominal injury, and are 4-6 on the year when LeBron sits. It is not surprising the Lakers are struggling without their superstar; that was expected. But even with all the noted flaws on this roster, one would assume they'd be a little better than this.
That's because the Lakers still have Anthony Davis. Davis is regularly heralded as one of the best superstars in the game today and even earned a place on the NBA's Top 75 of All-Time list due to his outstanding career to this point. He is supposed to be a singular star who not only takes the load off LeBron in the long haul but keeps the Lakers steady in The King's absence. Davis has been entirely unable to do that.
The problem isn't necessarily his counting numbers. In this last stretch of eight games sans LeBron, Davis has averaged 22.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists to go along with 1.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per contest. That's an impressive statline and one that conjures up memories of Davis' time in New Orleans as a two-way force to be reckoned with. The problem is that he just hasn't risen to the occasion when called.