How the AD trade changed everything for the Lakers and Pelicans

  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

How does the big Anthony Davis trade look a season later?

As the Los Angeles Lakers get closer to a championship, there’s no doubt the Davis trade is a key reason. Aside from a subpar Game 3 on Sunday, he has been outstanding in his first playoff run, providing LeBron James the kind of superstar support necessary to win a title.

At the same time, the New Orleans Pelicans can feel good about their end of the trade after Brandon Ingram broke through in the Big Easy, making his first All-Star appearance and winning Most Improved Player.

With the Pelicans still poised to benefit from an influx of draft picks from the Davis trade, let’s look at how the deal set up both teams this season — and beyond.

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