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Rajon Rondo expects a career year out of Anthony Davis this season

ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 8: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers high-five during a game against the Houston Rockets during Round Two, Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals on September 8, 2020 at the AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lakers guard Rajon Rondo has some lofty expectations for his star teammate Anthony Davis. Rondo makes his return to the purple and gold after spending last year between the Hawks and Clippers, reuniting with Davis and other remaining members of the 2020 championship team. The veteran point guard set the bar pretty high for LA’s superstar big man in discussing the season ahead.

My expectation for him this year is MVP. Nothing less than MVP and a championship, and he�s a guy that can do it.�

Rajon Rondo

Often regarded as the best big in the NBA, Anthony Davis has always possessed the tools to succeed at the highest level. However, injuries have often gotten in his way, and the latest example of that came about last season.

Lingering injuries that Davis presumably sustained in the bubble derailed his performance in 2021. A strain in his groin would keep him severely limited at the end of the year, which played a role in the Lakers’ early playoff exit.

Now with an entire offseason’s rest, Davis, Rondo, and the rest of the Lakers hope to step back into championship contention. According to the oddsmakers, LA enters the 2021-22 NBA season with the second-highest chance of winning the title. Meanwhile, Davis comes in at the 12th highest odds to win league MVP.

Previewing the 2021-22 Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Anthony Davis #3 and Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers discuss play against the Memphis Grizzlies during the third quarter at Staples Center on February 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Lakers completely revamped their roster in the offseason. After a disappointing end in 2021, they reasserted themselves with their trades and free-agent signings. Their most significant move came on draft night when they acquired Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards. The trade created a new ‘Big 3’ in the NBA, as Westbrook joins an already formidable duo in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. While we speculated on what the move meant for the Lakers moving forward, they continued to add to their roster.

LA’s other offseason pickups include Kendrick Nunn, Carmelo Anthony, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore, Trevor Ariza, DeAndre Jordan, and Malik Monk. They also brought back Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard from the 2020 championship team. Though a relatively old roster by NBA standards, the team remains confident that this new core will guide them to their second title in three seasons.

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