Anthony Davis has a mindset to retire as one of the NBA's all-time greats for the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis will remain with No. 3 after changing from No. 23 in his first season in LA. After a proposed plan to receive his previous number from LeBron James, he decided to stick with his newest number.
As James is returning to No. 6, the initial decision in Los Angeles was to give Davis No. 23. However, his intentions have changed as he intends to view his current number in the rafters at Staples Center. The Lakers currently have 11 retired numbers.
Davis responded to a fans' question during a gaming live stream on Twitch. The 28-year old stated he was going to remain with No. 3 passionately.
"That's the plan. The plan is to have No. 3 hanging in the rafters."Anthony Davis
In two seasons with the Lakers, Davis has achieved a complex amount of success. He has been named an All-Star in two consecutive seasons, received an All-NBA First Team ballot, and was on the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2020. Davis was also a primary focus in the Lakers' championship venture in the NBA Bubble.
Shaken up from injuries, Davis averaged 21.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 36 games this season. His team was eliminated in the first round against the Phoenix Suns in a series where he missed two games due to a left groin sprain.
Lakers' prestigious retired numbers
The Lakers are one of the most successful and valuable franchises in the NBA. To join the likes of LA's all-time talent, Davis' goals must remain efficacious. Compiling impressive individuals efforts and lengthened playoff runs would secure a spot at the top of the rafters.
The 11 retired Los Angeles Lakers numbers include:
- Kobe Bryant (8, 24)
- Wilt Chamberlain (13)
- Elgin Baylor (22)
- Gail Goodrich (25)
- Magic Johnson (32)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33)
- Shaquille O'Neal (34)
- James Worthy (42)
- Jerry West (44)
- Jamaal Wilkes (52)