The Lakers need Anthony Davis to be healthy and consistent

Photographer: Petre Thomas/USA TODAY Sports As the Los Angeles Lakers look to replace Russell Westbrook, all eyes will be on Anthony Davis, who will be entering his 11th season in the NBA. He struggled to stay on the floor last season, and has been in questionable shape on multiple occasions in the past. When it was revealed this summer that AD hadn’t shot a basketball in weeks, fans naturally freaked out and begged him to work on his game. Many expected Davis to take over as the Lakers’ best player the following season, but he has yet to come close. Of course, injuries have played a role, but AD’s scoring averages over the last two seasons have been the lowest since his first two years in the league. Darvin Ham, the Lakers’ new coach, stated that Davis must be consistent and healthy because he is critical to their success, and he may not be happy after AD recently revealed that he hasn’t shot a basketball in a while. Davis stated, “I haven’t shot a basketball since probably April 5th.” It was obviously not a good sign for the Lakers, who will need Davis to be at the top of his game if they are to win a championship. Fortunately, those same fan criticisms may have provided the L.A. big man with some serious motivation. (Source: Marc Stein) Some potentially good news for the aforementioned Lakers and the soon-to-be-extended Lakers. James: Anthony Davis’ surprising mid-June revelation that he hadn’t shot a basketball since early April may have been a blessing in disguise. Davis, by all accounts, has been working out more diligently since his comments sparked a storm of criticism (h/t Lakers Nation). Davis appears to have spent a lot more time in the gym since gaining all that slack earlier this summer. While not on purpose, Lakers fans may be credited with helping Davis get off to a good start this season. During the 2021-22 season, he averaged 23.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists on 53% shooting.