Anthony Davis prefers to play minutes at power forward

Jul 13, 2019; El Segundo, CA, USA; Anthony Davis (center) smiles as he holds up his new Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a introductory press conference at UCLA Health Training Center. Left is General Manager Rob Pelinka and right is head coach Frank Vogel. Davis was traded to the Lakers from New Orleans for several players and future draft picks. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Amongst many things, the Los Angeles Lakers will have to prioritize Anthony Davis’ health. The first thing is making sure the personnel around him allows for his maintenance. In an effort to provide this structure, the Lakers brought back JaVale McGee and signed DeMarcus Cousins. Arguably, the Lakers have the league’s best frontcourt when you also include LeBron James. It appears that he will spend starting minutes beside two of the three when the season begins.

Davis at the power forward allows him to avoid the wear and tear from playing in the post. It also helps that he has a whole toolkit of skills that will make him a seamless fit in any lineup. Minus last year’s absences, Davis has proven relatively healthy playing in 75 games in back to back years (2016-18). The plan as of now is to keep his minutes at center down. He spoke about this at Saturday’s introductory press conference along with head coach Frank Vogel.

The Lakers took full advantage on Davis’ preferences of how to build the roster. This also included Davis waiving his trade kicker to pursue Kawhi Leonard. When the team could not close the deal on this acquisition, they turned to the remaining market for reinforcements. The 14 players, including a few from last year, have combined to give them a great shot at winning the title while maximizing Davis.

As mentioned, teams are filling their rosters with wings that masquerade at the traditional forward spot. Davis is sure to meet his share of mismatches on most nights. The beauty of having a player with the size and skill of Davis are the endless options. One of those options include having squads face a James-Davis frontline. I wish your franchise the best of luck with stopping that.

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