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In an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, the 10-time All-Star with the Boston Celtics, Paul Pierce, was asked which team he thinks is the second-best in the Western Conference:

“I think it’s the Lakers. Anthony Davis has been great, we know what LeBron can do. LeBron doesn’t have to carry a big load because of Anthony Davis, he can count on Kuz for the season and be ready for the playoffs. This guy has been dominant, Anthony Davis.

I think this is the second-best team in the West, Houston has been good, Utah has been good, but hands down, they got the two superstars that can take them to the Finals,” Pierce said.