Anthony Davis Motivated After Injury-Plagued Lakers Season

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If the Los Angeles Lakers are going to get things back on track this NBA season, they need Anthony Davis to remain healthy and on the court. It has been an issue for him throughout his career but the last two seasons were easily the toughest in his career in terms of staying healthy.

Davis has appeared in only 76 games the last two seasons combined, battling a multitude of injuries. It was too bad that he couldn’t consistently remain on the court last season as Davis performed at a high level.

His shooting numbers were a bit of an anomaly as Davis had easily the worst jump-shooting season of his career. He made a ghastly 18.6 percent of his 3-point attempts, easily the lowest of his career in a season in which he attempted at least one 3-pointer per game.

Despite that, he had the third-best shooting season of his career overall, making 53.2 percent. He has topped that only twice, making 53.4 during the 2017-18 season and 53.5 percent during the 2014-15 campaign.

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He had the best shooting percentage of his career last season on 2-pointers, making 57.1 percent of his attempts. That led to him averaging 23.2 points to go along with 9.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.3 blocks in 35.1 minutes per game.

Motivated to return to the court this season, Davis said that he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder this season. He will bring the same approach to this season that he did to the 2019-20 campaign when he helped the team win the NBA Finals in the Orlando Bubble.

Planning to have a chip on your shoulder is certainly a new thing, as usually you have it or you don’t. Davis could certainly have one this season as he looks to prove all of his doubters wrong after two injury-plagued seasons.

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He is far from the only player on the roster looking to prove something this upcoming season. However, he is arguably the most important player on the roster as the Laker reaching their potential likely comes down to how much Davis can play.