Anthony Davis is having a sensational debut season with the purple and gold, leading the Lakers, along with LeBron James, to second in the overall standings.
Davis is most people’s favourite to win this season’s Defensive Player of The Year award. With his huge wingspan of 2.27m he can easily block and contest shots. Comparing his numbers to the rest of the league, he averages the third highest blocks per game, with 2.4, and is fifteenth in steals, with 1.5 per game. He can guard drives exceptionally well and his athleticism helps him get out to defend the perimeter quickly. Davis is picking up 9.4 rebounds a game, which although its down compared to last year it is still a large amount. Davis is a huge reason why the Lakers have the third best defensive rating in the league, with 105.5. His IQ and effort is second to none and he instills it his teammates. The Lakers only allow 46 points in the paint per game, which is the eighth best in the league. This is down to Davis’ elite defense.
Anthony Davis is ninth in the league when it comes to points per game scoring, with an outstanding 26.7 per game. A lot of these points come from his exceptional post play and finishing around the rim. He is the best lob finisher in NBA history. The way he jumps in the air and uses his huge wingspan to grab the ball in near impossible positions and finish is iconic. In addition, he is a great mid-range shooter and when shooting from deep is just below a league average scorer with a .335% efficiency.
This season Davis has had some huge performances on both ends of the court. One of these was when the Lakers faced the Grizzlies in October, he had 40 points and 20 rebounds, in only 31 minutes.
When looking at Jacob Goldstein’s PIPM metric, Anthony Davis is seventh highest with a rating of 4.55 PIPM. Looking at Hollinger’s PER rating Davis is sat at third with a score of 28.25. These stats show the ability that Davis has on both ends of the court.
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