Have we seen anything like Anthony Davis in the NBA before?
A month ago Anthony Davis was simply another prodigy in the NBA, now he’s already being labeled as the potential new MVP… And rightfully so.
Last season Davis established himself as one of the league’s rising stars, featuring in the NBA All-Star team alongside high-profile players such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Love and the current MVP Kevin Durant. To say he has improved this season is definitely an understatement.
Based on results in the first twelve games Davis has played, the New Orleans Pelicans star could be only the fifth player in NBA history (after Kareem Abdul-Jabar, David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing) to score 25 points, ten rebounds and three-point-three assists per game in a season. Even just being mentioned for something so rare amongst legends at the age of just 21 is an incredible achievement; in fact it’s miraculous.
Only last week Anthony Davis managed to reach his career-high of 43 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Pelicans beat the Utah Jazz 106-94. New Orleans have so far have a 7-6 record in the 2014-15 season, an improvement over 6-8 that they had on this day in 2013, so Davis has helped to improve the team.
In a city that has suffered so much in recent years, sport has helped to rebuild the confidence and stature for the better. Hurricane Katrina, “the worst engineering disaster in the world since Chernobyl” and Hurricane Rita both left the city in ruins in 2005, with 80% of New Orleans flooded. Winning Superbowl XLIV four years after the catastrophe represented the resurgence the city was under at the time.
Could Anthony Davis lead the Pelicans to an NBA Championship anytime soon? That’s hard to ascertain. Could Anthony Davis become the NBA’s MVP soon? Based on the first month of the season, it’s hard to believe it’s not possible, especially sooner rather than later.
Credits: Keith Allison, Gif courtesy of Mise-o-jeu