Key Factor No. 2 – The Lakers need to find Anthony Davis’ frontcourt partner
There’s no question that Anthony Davis is the future of the Lakers. Signing a three-year extension, Davis is looking toward a long tenure in LA. One thing has nagged his Los Angeles career, though, and that is a chance to play the power forward position consistently.
It has been made clear since Davis joined the Lakers that he wants the majority of his minutes at the four instead of the five. This offseason, the Lakers continued their search to fulfill this wish.
The current free agent pool is growing shallow in the center market. Though the Lakers have shown interest in Christian Wood, his future is still uncertain. Lakers Nation recently reported that Wood has a greater interest in competing with the Miami Heat rather than Los Angeles as it currently stands.
Still, the Lakers will have an opportunity to build around Davis in the frontcourt through trade this year. Finding a defensive powerhouse next to Davis will surely boost the Lakers’ abilities to achieve their aspirations.
While AD has been one of the Association’s best centers in his career, his best performances have been next to another big. For the Lakers to pull away from their competition, upgrading their frontcourt needs to be a serious priority.
Finally, if the Lakers can find consistency in this key area they will become a dominant force this season.