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Lakers News: Anthony Davis’ Healthy Start Has Him In Contention For Major Awards

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Your 2023-24 Los Angeles Lakers have seen many peaks and valleys through this season so far, but they’ve had one constant. That would be Anthony Davis.

Davis has been great this season for the Lakers. He has been the engine to get them going, and his play has helped keep them afloat in the standings.

“Through all of the Lakers’ recent ups and (mainly) downs, Davis has been the lone bright spot. He’s been the team’s most reliable player, comfortably pouring in 30-plus points with Defensive Player of the Year-caliber play on the other end.”

Per Jovan Buha of The Athletic

He has stepped up this season in different ways, and it has been great to see. But his health has been the biggest driving factor in everything for his game.

Davis looks and feels confident when he steps on the floor. He is constantly reminding the league why he is one of the best players in the NBA.

“You could tell his body’s feeling good,” coach Darvin Ham said. “He’s in a good space. His energy is great. He’s just doing what he needs to do. He’s not trying to force anything. It’s coming. That’s why it’s so efficient. He’s just playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played, getting good hits on screens. … He’s in a really good mental space, spiritual space. And physically, he’s at a really high level right now.”

Per Jovan Buha of The Athletic

The offense has been running through him, rather than just going to him. It finally looks like he has taken the mantle from LeBron James this year, and the Lakers have benefitted.

“Now, the way that teams are playing me, doubling on the catch and on the dribble, I’ve been just getting back to the mid-range,” Davis said. “It’s an easier shot instead of fighting the double teams to get a shot up. So that’s all it is. Continuing to trust it and shoot it.”

Per Jovan Buha of The Athletic

If Davis can continue this type of performance, he will be in line for awards. He has put together a special season so far, and hopefully, he can keep it up.