Kevin Durant praises Anthony Davis for his defensive and offensive versatility in a conversation with FS1’s Nick Wright, on Twitter.
The Lakers in 2018-19 were the mere definition of being ‘one piece away’ from a championship. They headed into the Christmas period at 4th position in the Western Conference standings.
This team missed the Playoffs and the Lakers’ move to bring the ‘King’ on board was deemed to be a mistake by many fans. With one move, the Lakers rose from getting the 4th pick in the 2019 Draft, to becoming instant title contenders.
That move was to trade for Anthony Davis, and give up on developing that young core. Sure, the Lakers did bring on some veteran help in Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, and JaVale McGee; but Anthony Davis was at the center of all of it.
In their first season together, the LeBron James-Anthony Davis opened up the new decade by bringing home a championship to LA. The Brow’s value to the purple and gold is unmatched, and Kevin Durant recognizes this.
Kevin Durant implies he would take Anthony Davis over Tim Duncan
A fan on Twitter boldly claimed that he would take Anthony Davis over any big man in the history of the league for the simple fact that he cannot be left open, as he is a threat to shoot from anywhere on the floor. Kevin Durant responded to this by saying,
“AD can knock down that 3, middies from everywhere and handle it if need be, would be a cheat code for any team ever created.”
Someone else brought up the fact that AD shoots 31% from beyond the arc on 1.5 attempts a game, to which Durant hilariously responded, “I get it, you’re a stats guy”.
Floor spacing. I always pick Ad over any other PF or center when I make teams like this, simply because you can’t leave him open at all. Obviously Hakeem, shaq, Duncan, and a lot more bigs are way greater than him tho.
— Von 🖤 (@67slutz) April 20, 2021
Nick Wright eventually chimed in with his stance on the debate. He stuck to his opinion of Tim Duncan being the greatest ‘plug ‘n’ play’ star in the history of the league. He then proceeded to have a fairly civilized back and forth with Durant on this same topic.
This is all true, but Duncan is the 2nd best defensive big of the modern era & has the *perfect* disposition to be on a team where he might not get many touches.
Not going to be needing your bigs shooting midrange shots on a team with MJ, Kobe, you, Bird & Steph. https://t.co/Cl5d7pgINu
— nick wright (@getnickwright) April 20, 2021
It’s safe to say that the Lakers are in good hands if 2x Finals MVP Kevin Durant is taking your big-man, over the greatest power forward of all time.