Entering his first season with the Lakers and eighth season in the league, Anthony Davis is focused on expanding his game by improving a key part of the modern player’s arsenal: Three-point shooting.
The Lakers ranked 20th in three-point makes last season with 847, shooting 33.3% from deep on the campaign. Only the Suns managed to shoot at a worse clip, finishing at 32.9%.
“This summer I improved the most on my 3-ball. I wanted to be able to stretch the floor,” Davis said, according to Joey Ramirez of NBA.com. “As a big, the game is definitely going that way now. … I for sure want to get that [percentage] in the high 30s. By me doing that I’ll be able to help the Lakers as much as possible … and hopefully win a championship.”
Davis, who made just three three-pointers in his first three NBA seasons, shot 48-of-145 (33%) from deep last season with New Orleans in 56 games.
Los Angeles struck a major trade to acquire Davis in June, sending away Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, the 2019 No. 4 pick, a 2021 first-round pick, the right to swap picks in 2023 and a first-round pick in 2024 for his services.
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- Dwyane Wade plans to work out with former teammate and close friend LeBron James before Lakers games during the upcoming season, according to Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times. “You’re definitely going to see me out there,” Wade said. “I’ll be there early to work out with LeBron before the game starts. I just want to stay around it and be as involved as I can.”
- Former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose offered his advice to Dwight Howard, who recently signed back with the Lakers for a second stint after hitting what he called “rock bottom” for a period of time. “I would have to say be patient,” Rose said during his appearance on the Stephen A. Smith Show.
- Matt John of Basketball Insiders takes a look at what a return to the playoffs could mean for Rajon Rondo, who holds several years of playoff experience with the Celtics that also includes an NBA championship in 2008.