The Lakers earned another big win over the Bucks that took them to 12-4 on the season. L.A. sits at the top of the Western Conference and has the best record in the entire NBA. Davis contributed 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists against Milwaukee last night. That’s a solid performance from most. However, as one of the best players in the NBA today, Davis is not satisfied with his recent play.
“Right now, to be hard on myself, man, I think I suck right now,” Davis said. “I’m not making shots. I’m not making free throws. But I think tonight my aggressiveness, just being a [post-up threat] and getting to the paint, allowed guys to get open.”
Compared to last season, his averages are fairly similar to start the 2020-21 season. So far, Davis is averaging 21 points, 9 rebounds and almost 4 assists per game.
In contrast, last season when the Lakers won the championship, Davis averaged 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Yet, Davis says he’s in a “funk.” It’s safe to say there are plenty of players that wish their version of being in a funk was averaging close to a double-double.
“My aggressiveness tonight,” Anthony Davis said, “that’s the only way I feel like I’m gonna get out of this funk or whatever that I’m in.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a better basketball player every game, and that’s what I’m gonna continue to do,” he added.
Anthony Davis Signs New Deal To Stay With Lakers
Regardless of Anthony Davis and his self-perceived “funk,” Lakers fans were surely happy to see the big man re-sign with Los Angeles in December.
The NBA star just signed a five-year deal worth $190 million. As the power forward weighed all his options, he admitted that some of his past injuries played a part in the length of his contract. The New York Post reported that Davis preferred the five-year deal over possible two or three-year deals.
“That could have been a two-year, three-year deal,” Anthony Davis told reporters in a conference call. “[But] I have to think about, also, the reality of things, too. I do have a little history with injuries, and a two-year deal, you kind of bet on yourself. … God forbid, knock on wood, something happens.”
During the 2019-20 season, Davis and his superstar teammate LeBron James formed a dominant duo in the NBA. The pair completed a historic NBA season by bringing a championship back to Los Angeles.
The team fought through the adversity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the unprecedented NBA Bubble, and the tragic death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter. But they persevered and Davis has committed his long-term future to the team.
“I want to secure the most amount of years possible and be here long term with this team, so I thought the five-year deal was best for me in my situation,” he said.