Is there a player more important than Anthony Davis in the 2021-22 NBA season?

Coming in at No. 10 in the latest edition of NBA.com’s player rankings, there is no question that possesses one of the most unique blends of skill and talent in the world. The ways in which the 28-year-old contributes this season can be the difference between the being a respectable Western Conference contender and a bonafide title favorite.

For that to be the case, Davis must bounce back from a season in which injuries derailed his season and LA’s title defence.

Let’s start by rewinding a year back to the 2020 Finals (which, by the way, literally ended just 12 months ago), where Davis made a strong case for Finals MVP through his impactful play early on in the series. While ultimately made a stronger case to win the award, Davis rode the momentum of winning his first-ever title into the 2020-21 season, which, for the Lakers, began just 72 days after they hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy.

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