“Defensively in the paint, he’s awesome. Offensively in the paint, he’s awesome, and then he can go out on the perimeter and be a problem. He can hit the three consistently or the mid and long-range jumper. So, I would have to go with him.”
Interesting for Abdul-Jabbar to pick Davis when Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was the league’s MVP in 2020-2021, and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was the runner up. While he’s right about Davis’ versatility, he’s also admittedly biased. “I haven’t seen them play a lot. I might change my mind if I get a chance to see them play more, but I’m going to have to go with AD because I’m a Laker through and through, and he’s proved it so far.”
Being a former Laker, and a current fan of the organization, Abdul-Jabbar spends most of his time watching Los Angeles play. His opinion could probably sway in a different direction if he watched the other two notable bigs in action consistently, but for right now, the legendary big man himself is staying true to his Laker fandom.