Los Angeles Lakers pie chart of blame if they miss the NBA playoffs

Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
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Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is the second superstar on the team so when the blame train comes around, he’s probably the second name that is going to be thrown out. Looking at his on-the-court numbers, AD was actually quite good this season. When he was healthy. And with the precedent we set with LeBron, we can’t blame AD for being hurt.

That’s just an unfortunate part of the game and kind of the agreement the Lakers made when they acquired him. It’s not like he just became an injury-prone player. It’s something he’s struggled with for the majority of his career in the NBA.

AD is averaging 26 points and 13 rebounds per game on 56 percent shooting from the field. Great numbers. Aside from his availability, it’s hard to pinpoint blame on him too. Has he been a great supporting star for LeBron? Probably not. But at the same time, it’s hard to find a second star on a team this season that has been as productive as AD.

While the talking heads may disagree, I don’t see much merit in blaming AD for the Lakers’ struggles this season. But I suppose it comes with the territory of being the young, in-the-prime star for the Lakers. I’ll give him a little blame.

Blame percentage: 10%