3. The Los Angeles Lakers still have LeBron James and Anthony Davis
In case anyone has forgotten (I mean, it has been a while since the season was suspended), the Lakers possess two of the best players in the world.
At age 35, James is still playing like he’s in his prime. Sure, he’s lost some of his hops and speed, but much of his athleticism is still there.
So far this season, he’s averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game. He’s on pace to lead the league in dimes for the first time ever, which is quite a feat for someone who was supposed to be “washed” when the campaign began.
In his first season with the Purple and Gold, Davis has been as good as advertised. He’s putting 26.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.4 blocked shots a game. In doing so, he’s put himself in position to become the Lakers’ next historically great big man.
While depth helps you get through a long regular season, the playoffs typically come down to superstars. Guys like James and Davis are difference makers as they make plays against stiff defenses.
The fact that teams are much more prepared come playoff time at the defensive end highlights the importance of having at least one superstar.