ESPN has simply launched the final little bit of their annual Top 100 players within the NBA, and to say that the Los Angeles Lakers are nicely represented can be an entire understatement. As a matter of truth, ESPN has ranked LeBron James and Anthony Davis because the Top 2 players in the whole league for the upcoming season.
It doesn’t want one to have a crystal ball to foretell that each LeBron James and Anthony Davis would determine within the Top 5, however it nonetheless comes as a little bit of a shock that they’ve been ranked one and two, respectively. Lakers fans aren’t complaining, although.
James, who ranked third final 12 months, is getting into the 18th 12 months of his career, and regardless of already being 35 years younger (he’s going to be 36 this December), there appears to be no indicators of slowing down for the four-time league MVP. How many times prior to now have seen a 36-year-old vet rank as the very best player in the whole league?
For his half, Davis, 27, is on the prime of his career, and he’s emerged as one of the perfect massive males within the NBA at present — the perfect should you ask ESPN. He leapt three spots to No. 2 from being ranked fifth final season.
It can be value noting that 4 different Laker players have been included within the second half of the record (locations 51 to 100). Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (77) was one of them, whereas three offseason additions additionally cracked the record in Marc Gasol (96), Dennis Schroder (79), and Montrezl Harrell (76). Needless to say, the defending champs have among the finest players in the whole NBA in their roster for the upcoming season.
This is strictly why quite a lot of pundits nonetheless have the Lakers because the favorites for the 2021 title. It’s certainly not going to be a simple road forward for the Purple & Gold as they hope to defend their crown, however on paper no less than, they seem to have the mandatory instruments to take action.