Anthony Davis has been on a tear of late, averaging 35.5 points, 18.3 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, and 2.3 steals while shooting 62.3 percent from the field in his last four games. The Lakers are 3-1 in those games.

The injury to LeBron James has put more weight on the shoulders of Anthony Davis and he’s making the most of it. It is the first stretch since the Bubble that Davis once again looks like a top 10 player in the NBA. There needs to be a bigger sample size, but it's a huge development for the Lakers and the rest of their season.

The Lakers are still well under .500 at just 5-11 but if James returns healthy and Davis keeps his play at his level, the front office may be more inclined to make deals that improve the roster this season. The Lakers still have a very flawed roster, filled with little to no reliable shooters. Austin Reaves and Russell Westbrook have also improved their production of late. 

The Lakers have long-needed Davis to be the best player on the roster and be the top-10 player they had traded for. Their roster still needs work, but if Davis is playing at this level, it gives them an outside shot at a playoff berth this season. It remains to be seen how sustainable this stretch is for Davis.