Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis scored 46 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 123-113 win against his former team, the New Orleans Pelicans.
With that performance, he becomes the first Laker to record a 46-13 game since Shaquille O’Neal in 2003.
The performance was a special one too, as it came against the former team of Davis. He was traded from the Pelicans to the Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and multiple draft picks in the offseason. After that trade, many have questioned if the Lakers gave up too much in the trade to acquire Davis.
“WE STILL GAVE TO MUCH FOR HIM HUH??!!!???”, teammate LeBron James said on his Instagram story after the game.
Even with Ingram blossoming as an all-star caliber player, Davis is what pushes the Lakers over the top to be a championship contender. Although he only won one playoff series in the 2010s, there’s a fine argument to be made about him being the center for the “All-Decade Team” of the 2010s. That’s how talented he is.
His 27.8 points and 9.5 rebounds a game are matched by few, but his ability to be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate on top of that sets him apart from the rest. The Lakers have needed his two-way capabilities for their Western Conference best 28-7 record.
The three-time league leader in blocks is paired with James, who are wreaking havoc on the league. The Lakers currently have the eighth best offense in the league, scoring 112.9 points per game and sixth in assists, with 26.1 per game. The Lakers also boast the fifth best defense in the league, only allowing 105.5 points per game. This is a recipe for a championship contender.