Anthony Davis is putting up stats rarely seen in NBA (or Lakers) history

Anthony Davis dropped 55 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers past the Washington Wizards for a 130-119 win on Sunday night, and anyone who watched the game could tell that he was playing basketball about as well as, if not better than , we’ve ever seen him play it.

That was evident in the numbers, too (as Edwin Garcia already covered in our recap), like how those 55 points were the most AD he scored as a Laker and were just four points off his career high of 59, and how this is just his second time ever scoring at least 40 points in two games in a row.

What you might not have known, however, was just how rarified the air Davis was in historically after his performances on Friday and Sunday. So in a format specialized in by my friend Marc Stein over at his must-read Substack, let’s do a little “Numbers Game” for Anthony Marshon Davis to round up some stats that show just how special his dominant night and weekend have been.

10

That’s how many players — including, now, Davis himself — have managed to put up 55 points and 17 rebounds EVER, as found by my colleague Hector Diaz of SB Nation’s social team.

He’s joining a pretty esteemed list:

32

It’s been more than 32 years since another player scored 50 points while also snatching 15 rebounds or more, blocking three or more shots and shooting 70% from the field.

2

That’s how many Lakers ever have scored at least 40 points and grabbed a minimum of 10 rebounds in two consecutive games. Considering the caliber of big men that have played for this franchise, that’s pretty impressive.

1

That’s how many Lakers have ever scored at least 40 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking three shots over two games in a row since such stats were tracked. The list is literally just Davis.

8

The number of Lakers, including Davis, who has ever scored 50 points twice in purple and gold.

24

The jersey number of the last Laker to score 40 points in two consecutive games.

22.5

So this is going a little further back than just two games, but the above are how many points per game Davis was averaging (on 52.9% shooting and 23.1% from three) over his first eight games of the season, after which Bill Simmons spoke about the league “buzzing” — read; salivating — about the possibility of the Lakers trading him, starting a days-long national dialogue about the topic.

32.7

How many points per game Davis has averaged over his 12 appearances since then, while shooting 62.6% from the field and making 42.9% of his threes. With the Lakers now nearly .500 again in large part due to Davis’ historic production, safe to say no one in the league thinks he’s going anywhere anymore.

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This is really not a stat, but I had to include this guest submission from Lakers wing Troy Brown Jr., on the direction a player’s plus-minus goes if they spend time on the floor with AD:

And in case you were wondering, that statement checks out. Among the Lakers to appear in more than 150 minutes so far, Davis (+2.8) has the highest net rating, per NBA.com, and the only player the team is worse with off the floor than Davis (-5.6) is Austin Reaves ( -5.9).

1.00

Had to end with the most important stat of all: The Lakers’ win percentage while going undefeated to start their road trip while Davis with Davis managing this production, which is also the only stat that mattered to the man himself.


So yeah, if these last two games from Davis have felt like something you’ve never witnessed before, chances are it’s because they probably were. Getting to watch him play this level of basketball after an injury-riddled last two seasons is a real treat, and I know that I will be trying to enjoy every second of it.

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