When one reflects on the greatness that LeBron James has been able to play alongside throughout his 16 year career, the list of dominant big men is far less impressive than paper suggests.
In Miami, there was Chris Bosh, a commanding force down low during his time in Toronto, who then progressed into an ideal stretch five in Miami. Bosh's tendency of picking-and-popping eventually distracted him from playing on the block where he was once accustomed to dominating.
Then there was Cleveland Kevin Love, who was essentially similar to Bosh as far as evolving into a new role that forbade their ability to inhale rebounds like the Love that played for Minnesota. Keep in mind that Love had a 31 point, 31 rebound game against the Knicks, and never even came close to those statistics during his time alongside the King in the Land.
And then there were the likes of Zydrunas Illgauskas, Udonis Haslem, Anderson Varejao, Joel Anthony, Javale McGee, Tyson Chandler, Ben Wallace, and Shaquille O'Neal (the latter two who were far past their respective primes when they played with Bron). No offense to CB and K-Love, but none of those listed players are anywhere near the talents that Anthony Davis is.
Anthony Davis is, as you've surely heard before, a once-in-a-generation talent. The man is just as capable of bringing the ball up the floor and knocking down a pull up three pointer as he is of snagging an offensive rebound and slamming it home on a 7-foot defender's head. LeBron James has never played with anyone near the talent level of AD.
To imagine the two MVP candidates running a play as simple as, yet also as deadly as, a pick-and-roll is as enticing as imagining a movie starring both Leo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt, only if the Lakers had a coach/director as talented as Quentin Tarantino (AKA someone not named Luke Walton).
The best part about this fantasy pick-and-roll is that each player can be the ball-handler or the screener-and-roller. Either way, the defense is intensely fucked due to the vision that both players possess, along with their otherworldly athleticism.
LBJ, one of the five best passers in the history of the game, is going to have the first opportunity in his career where he will be able to assist the ball to a teammate who may be even more talented with the ball in his hands than the King himself.
Davis has a plethora of moves in his arsenal that he's capable of utilizing each time up the floor. He's talented on the block, where he can score with his back to the basket or facing up in a similar fashion to Tim Duncan. He's capable of making a combo of dribble moves from the mid range in order to either attack the basket with a drive, or utilize a step back into his jump shot, much like Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, and Carmelo Anthony. Then, finally, he's able of isolating from the deepest portion of the perimeter, nearly three feet behind the arc which is something we've only seen from Kevin Durant and Paul George when considering height, ball handling, and scoring ability. Davis is truly a one of a kind basketball player, and LeBron would only exponentially add to his ability to put the ball in the basket.
This formula of putting together two of the top five players in the world would be a ginormous step towards being able to beat the Golden State Warriors, a team with five of the twenty best players in the world, three of the five best shooters ever, and a system that has been dominant over the course of the last half decade. If the Lakers somehow receive Davis from the Pelicans in a deal before the trade deadline, then Los Angeles will once again be a championship contender for the first time since the early 2010's.