Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley believes Anthony Davis will enter the new season with the highest possible goals and expectations as he believes the seven-time NBA All Star will be gunning for the NBA MVP award. Davis, who forced his way out of New Orleans in the summer of 2019 to join LeBron James in Los Angeles, enjoyed an outstanding first season with the Lakers, winning his first NBA title.
As a reward for his strong season, the Lakers gave Davis a five-year, $190 million extension this week. Davis, who finished third in the NBA MVP voting in 2017, finished six in the NBA MVP voting last season. "I'm expecting AD to go for the MVP," Dudley said, per ESPN.
"I'm expecting him to set the tone. We know [LeBron James], his years playing this league, accolades he has, but AD doesn't have some of the accolades. He has the talent, he has the determination. ... He's the future and he's the now."
Davis very motivated to win back-to-back NBA titles
"I'm very motivated, I want to do it again," Davis said. "When we won the Western Conference finals, Bron said, 'Just wait until you win a championship and you hold that trophy, your love for winning just grows.'
And ever since holding that trophy, I just want to do it again. "You want to do hold that trophy over and over and over. You get addicted to winning. So I want that feeling again. I want to hold that Larry O'Brien Trophy again and become a meme where I'm crying and people are using it for everything.
Those are good memes." Meanwhile, Lakers forward Markieff Morris has noted that he is extremely happy to be able to share the same locker rooms with Davis and James. "We're led by the best player in the world, and then the second-best player in the world," Morris said, not distinguishing who was best between Davis and James.
"Or 1A and 1B, however you want to do it." James, who is set to turn 36 in a few days, claimed his fourth NBA title with a third different team this past season. "So, that man, LeBron James, I feel like he's going to keep it as simple as possible.
He's going to make it simple. He's our leader and all we got to do is be ready. Be mentally ready and be ready to play," Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said.