The Los Angeles Lakers have spent this offseason retooling their roster around four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, and Anthony Davis believes his new squad has assembled enough talent to compete for a championship.
"I'll put our roster up against anybody," Davis said during his introductory press conference Saturday.
L.A. has done more than just add Davis this summer. The Lakers also signed two-time NBA champion Danny Green, four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, 2017-18 NBA champ Quinn Cook, Jared Dudley and Avery Bradley and brought back Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
But of course, the spotlight will be on James and Davis.
Though he spent the first seven years of his career with the New Orleans Pelicans, Davis has had opportunities to share the court with James during All-Star Weekends and with Team USA.
"To get a full season and to see the things that he's able to do—pass, shoot, talks well defensively, great leader—I'm excited to get a lot of that this season and just go from there," Davis said.
Davis made the postseason just twice during his Pelicans tenure, winning only one series. James, on the other hand, has missed the playoffs just three times during his 16-year career, reaching the Finals nine times. Together, they will be tasked with ending the Lakers' franchise-record six-year playoff drought.
Widely recognized as two of the best players in the world, James and Davis can provide nightmare matchups for the opposition—and that's something new Lakers coach Frank Vogel is looking forward to.
"Both are guys that are going to command double-teams in any action that you're going to put them in," he said, per Mike Trudell of the team's official website.