Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis’ performance last season was disappointing, at least based on his standards. He missed exactly 40 games in the regular season due to an Achilles and calf injury. On top of this, he produced the lowest points (21.8) and rebounds (7.9) per game since his sophomore year in the league. He only scored 30 points or more just six times in the regular season—a far cry from the season prior when he did it 21 times. This will, shortly, actually bring us to Russell Westbrook.
Suffice it to say that Davis is poised for a bounce back this coming season. Naysayers have talked a lot about his durability since he missed a couple of games in the playoffs and it doesn’t help that Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic (all fellow big men) had better seasons compared to Davis.
When the Lakers led the Phoenix Suns (2-1) in the first round of the playoffs, a lot already assumed that the Lakers were poised to advance. That’s because Davis and James looked like their usual self until game 3 when Davis injured his knee after chasing Devin Booker’s layup. Davis tried to play through this knee injury but it got worst after he suffered a groin injury the next game.
“I wanted to do whatever I could to help the team. My body didn’t agree” were Anthony Davis’ final words to the media this season, perfectly summing up his ninth year in the league.
Before Davis was ruled out due to injury in the regular season, a lot noticed his slow start as well. He was only averaging 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 28 games. The Brow was settling for shots further from the basket instead of rolling to the rim and was less aggressive in those 28 games. A lot can be said why this is so—he did come off a 72 day off season and the heel injury he suffered in the Finals in 2020 could have lingered last season.