Anthony Davis doesn’t like playing center. Never in his career has he wanted to be a center. He frequently says that he doesn’t like doing it which is why his teams have always made sure to have at least two capable centers on the roster with him.
When the Lakers traded for Davis they immediately made moves to support this. They re-signed Javale McGee and brought in a favorite former teammate of Davis’s in DeMarcus Cousins. Which did lead to some questions as to why Los Angeles did this. After all, Davis is best when he plays center and LeBron James is even better when he’s playing power forward. Theoretically, that would give them their starting four and five and bolstering the backcourt would have seemed to be a bit more pressing need than the five spot.
Well, Davis put that answer to bed when at his introductory press conference he re-iterated how much he doesn’t like playing center, via Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times.
As soon as he could, Davis started working with James to help Pelinka create the right type of team around them. Both Pelinka and Davis said they and James were constantly on the phone throughout free agency as Pelinka sought their advice on which players to sign.
And one thing Davis wanted was a big, bruising center to play a position the 6-foot-10 big man would rather not.
“I like playing the four,” Davis said, referring to power forward. “I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. I like playing the four. I don’t really like playing the five.”