After two injury-riddled, subpar seasons, Anthony Davis has returned to the old, dominant self he was when the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship in the 2019-20 season.
He started going on a rampage a few weeks ago by posting four consecutive games with at least 30 points and 16 rebounds. Then on Friday, he out-dueled Giannis Antetokounmpo with 44 points on 18-of-27 shooting in the Lakers’ 133-129 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Davis’ game rose even higher on Sunday with 55 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots in an L.A. win over the Washington Wizards.
After that win, LeBron James gave Davis some massive praise.
Via Lakers Daily:
“Following Davis’ latest performance, a spectacular 55-point outing against the Washington Wizards, fellow Lakers star LeBron James praised the University of Kentucky product.
“‘He’s been unbelievable on both sides of the floor,’ James said. ‘Playing like the MVP of this league. Straight dominance. Straight dominance. … I just think he’s hit a switch where he knows how dominant he can be, night in and night out.’”
The Lakers will have to win a lot more games for Davis to get any serious MVP consideration, but they have won eight of their last 10 games, so perhaps they will surprise people and put together a solid record by the end of the season.