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Anthony Davis will play more minutes at center with Russell Westbrook now on the team

February 6, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) speaks with Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) during a stoppage in play in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Russell Westbrook is now a Laker, so expect to see Anthony Davis playing more minutes at the center position. Davis's natural position is a power forward, and that's what he feels he's best at. However, the Lakers are at their best when Davis is at the center position, and he's willing to accept that role if it means winning another title.

This was evident in the 2020 playoffs. Davis had to play center to compete with the small-ball lineup of the Houston Rockets. As a result, Davis and the Lakers dominated and won the series in five games.

Historically, the Lakers are a team that thrives on having the size and rim protection. However, the game is changing, and the Lakers realize Davis at the center gives them the best chance to succeed. In addition, Davis has the size, speed, and athleticism to compete with any other center in the league.

Davis openly says he doesn't want to be a center. However, he is willing to take on the challenge if it benefits the team as a whole.

With Davis at center, the Lakers can fill the other two starting positions with more shooting. Westbrook, Davis, and Lebron James are all decent shooters. However, they need consistent shooting, especially if they want to get back to the top of the Western Conference.

In the Westbrook trade, Los Angeles lost its best shooter from last season. In addition, they also lost their best perimeter defender. As a result, replacing Kentavius Caldwell-Pope should be the Lakers' next focus in free agency.

Anthony Davis playing center gives the Lakers more flexibility this offseason. Instead of trying to sign multiple big men, Los Angeles can now focus on other areas of need.

Free agency doesn't begin until August sixth but expect the Lakers to stay busy. The Lakers now have their third star. However, now it's time to fill out the roster outside of Davis, Westbrook, and James.

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