• Charles Oakley questions the ability of Anthony Davis to carry a team on his own
  • Oakley sees Davis as no better than the number two guy
  • Oakley considers LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard as the only certified franchise players

Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers is having one of his finest seasons even with injuries trying to slow him down. Some are impressed with what he has done so far, all except for retired NBA bruiser Charles Oakley.

In a report from TMZ Sports, Oakley believes that Davis is no franchise player and questions his ability to carry a team on his shoulders. He reasoned that any player who would prefer to join forces with another NBA star (LeBron James), Davis will be nothing more than a number 2 guy.

"He ain't that type of player," Oakley said ... "He was in New Orleans and didn't do it. I don't know him personally but he ain't that guy."

As mentioned in a previous post, Davis remains non-committal on his future. There is a chance that an NBA ring could change his mind and re-sign with the Lakers. However, it also depends on how well he can get along with James looking ahead.

Oakley, who was out at a Parish in New York City at the time, singled out several guys who deserved the franchise tag. Among the names he mentioned were James, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard.

"Whenever you go play with somebody else you ain't that guy, I don't care what you say," said the 56-year-old retired NBA player.

Right now, the words of Oakley may mean something or nothing to The Brow. All he cares about is playing out this season and hopefully winning his first NBA title. He knows that the Lakers have the right personnel right now, leaving little reason to believe that the purple and gold cannot win it all this NBA season.

As far as his performance is concerned, Davis has been putting up impressive numbers. In 27 games, he is averaging 27.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. Though his rebounding has dipped a bit, it remains he has upped his game. Davis holds career averages of 23.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per Basketball-Reference.

At some point, Davis could be a franchise player. But for now, it seems he may need to live with the fact that he is playing second fiddle and prove himself later on in his NBA journey.

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LeBron James #23 is congratulated by Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers after scoring a basket against Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images