Since Anthony Davis was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers, they have made it a priority to develop his jump shot. After a regular season in which he was one of the worst volume midrange shooters in the league, Davis turned a page in the postseason and has not looked back to start this season. That has made head coach Frank Vogel continue to harp on the point that the superstar big man should be taking even more attempts from deep.
After beating the San Antonio Spurs on Friday behind his four made 3-pointers on six attempts, Davis spoke to the media about Vogel’s goals for him, maintaining that he is “very comfortable” taking jumpers from deep and just needs to continue to have the mentality to take them:
Frank Vogel has pushed AD to shoot more threes this season (link below). After the game, AD was asked how comfortable he is with that. His answer touched on a lot of stuff, from how it benefits the Lakers, to why it's not always easy for him to launch awayhttps://t.co/xcw3HYroeZ pic.twitter.com/7RrjCDuHxM
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) January 2, 2021
Obviously, the Lakers like to have Davis near the rim as much as possible because he’s a great finisher and offensive rebounder. But they also like to play with two bigs and Davis’ ability to space the floor for the other big – as well as the Lakers’ top penetrators in Dennis Schroder and LeBron James as Davis points out – is a major advantage for the team. More importantly, AD has the guard skills to turn his great 3-point shooting into opportunities to attack closeouts, drive to the basket, and either finish and draw fouls or kick out for another shooter.
And when he regularly does stuff like this, why wouldn’t you want him to shoot more?
Just filthy pic.twitter.com/O51g78fANg
— pickuphoop (@pickuphoop) January 2, 2021
Vogel pointed out some of those same factors after the game and had a great quote about how he and the franchise view player development:
Felt this was a really interesting answer from Frank Vogel regarding Anthony Davis' 3-Point shooting (7/15 to start the year), his role as a floor spacer and how he views player development on the Lakers: pic.twitter.com/K2rswENRQw
— Alex Regla (@AlexmRegla) January 2, 2021
It’s still really early but Davis has made seven of his 15 attempts from deep this year, which averages out to three attempts per game (obviously that’s skewed by taking six on Friday). Will that percentage stand over the course of the season? That’s unlikely. But even league average shooting from your 6-11 dominant big man opens up the game to a whole new level.
This is a huge success on the part of the Lakers’ development staff.