In advance of the 2022–23 season, Anthony Davis, a big man for the Lakers, receives a message from NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett. Since Davis won his first title in the 2020 Orlando Bubble, things have changed for him. As injuries continue to torment him, LeBron James and company continue to be concerned about AD’s durability. Davis struggled with several injuries and missed numerous regular-season games; he was never able to reclaim the form he had in the 2019–20 season. In the 2021 playoff series against the Suns, Davis did exhibit flashes of his potential, but another injury halted the Lakers’ playoff run that year.
Kevin Garnett, a former player for the Boston Celtics, wasn’t exactly a fan of AD’s most recent Lakers campaign. The ‘Big Ticket’ recently requested that the 29-year-old focus his eyes on one prize for the next season, the MVP trophy, during an interview on the KG Certified podcast. When AD is healthy, the Los Angeles Lakers may become immediate contenders. The biggest skill, though, is availability, thus his current priority must be how to maintain his health throughout the season.
Anthony Davis’ dismal season with the Lakers.
For the 29-year-old Anthony Davis, last season was tough. In truth, the trio never truly gelled, despite the team’s hopes that acquiring Russell Westbrook would ease the load on AD and Bron. AD, on the other hand, continued to suffer from injuries and had a poor season. Given his performance this season, many fans jumped to the conclusion that Davis was no longer a star. Davis participated in 36 of the 72 games in the 2020–21 season after the bubble title. Unfortunately, this pattern persisted in 2021–22, with the eight-time All-Star playing in 40 of the team’s 82 games.
Davis averaged 24.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.3 blocked shots per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the field in the first 18 games of the schedule. When sustaining two injuries earlier in the season and missing several games, the big man played just three more games in early April before being sidelined for the last three games of the regular season after L.A. was no longer in the running for a berth in the play-in tournament. AD averaged 23.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 40 games in 2021-22 season.
Former MVP Kevin Garnett with his piece of advice for AD
KG was one of the most talented big players the NBA has ever seen, and is perhaps one of the best power forwards of all time. The previous champion, who had received both the MVP and DPOY trophies, was one of the few versatile power forwards at the time. Thus, KG offered the following advice for Davis going into the offseason given his talent and skill. “AD came to the Lakers to be an MVP, take the torch from ‘Bron and carry it, go in the lab and get ‘yo sh*t right. He can be so much better, should be MVP, he’s that good.” Garnett said on his KG certified podcast.
This season will be another letdown for him and the fans if things don’t go his way and Garnett anticipates that he will improve. The Lakers’ success with Anthony Davis in the lineup will be carefully monitored the following season. For him, this is a year of make-or-break and a shift in attitude and training regiment could be helpful, but AD must demonstrate to everyone that he is still a top-tier big player in the game.
The best athletes rise to the occasion as it’s time for Davis to accept the responsibility that comes with being so great.