“I’ve had some great teammates in my career,” James said. “[Davis] is one of those unicorns, and he does things that some of my other great teammates are not capable of doing. But in the same sense, I’ve played with Dwyane Wade, and he could do some things that A.D. is not capable of doing. I also played with Kyrie Irving. He could do some things that [Wade] and [Davis] are not capable of doing. I’ve had the luxury of playing with some great players, and that’s just three of them.”
While that politically correct description is true, Davis now clearly holds the honor of having the best postseason run of any James teammate. James won titles in 2012 and 2013 with Wade on the Miami Heat, won a title in 2016 with Irving on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and advanced to the Finals four times with Wade and three times with Irving. Yet none of those runs produced a postseason like the one Davis is having, with the Lakers now positioned to close out their championship run with a Game 5 win over the Heat on Friday. Davis has played so well that he must be regarded as a strong candidate for Finals MVP.
For the playoffs, Davis is stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 28.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Only six players have matched those numbers in each category over the course of a postseason: James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Durant, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon. All six are Hall of Famers or future Hall of Famers.
Davis has also posted an excellent 29.8 Player Efficiency Rating, a stat that seeks to boil down his total contributions into a single measure of effectiveness. Only three players have posted