Is LeBron James the Lakers’ best player? One of his teammates doesn’t think so


Most would consider LeBron James, who stands on the precipice of his fourth NBA title, the best player in basketball. But apparently one of his own teammates feels differently. Veteran Markieff Morris set the record straight after Wednesday’s triumph over Miami in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, declaring Anthony Davis to be the best player, not only on the Lakers, but in the entire universe.

“We got LeBron, but I think [Anthony Davis] is the best player in the world,” offered Morris, who contributed eight points off the bench in the Lakers’ 116-98 victory. The suggestion that Davis has surpassed LeBron as the NBA’s gold standard is a bold assertion and frankly screams of recency bias, though it’s true AD has had a remarkable postseason, contributing 29.1 points per game on elite 56.7-percent shooting for the Western Conference champs. That’s not to say LeBron’s been mailing it in. He’s been just as brilliant for Los Angeles, averaging nearly a triple double (26.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game) while serving as the Lakers’ chief distributor on offense.

Regardless of who Morris—or anyone else—thinks is better, the Lakers’ Davis/James pairing has been as dominant as advertised and with three more wins over the Heat, they’ll have the hardware to prove it.

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