New Orleans Pelicans power forward/center, Anthony Davis finally receives some love from the NBA and will replace Kobe Bryant at the 2014 All-Star Game. With this amazing opportunity I predict Davis will have a tremendous weekend playing in front of his home crowd in New Orleans.
In my mind Davis should’ve been selected as an All-Star starter right away, because his numbers are out of this world this season. What’s better than a sophomore player averaging 20.5 points a game, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks a game? Simple nothing is better, he leads the league in blocked shots a game and is easily becoming a top five big man in the league.
This season Davis has definitely put up the numbers to earn a spot on the Western Conference All-Star team. I personally believe Davis has out played his Western Conference Reserve teammates, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Howard so far this season.
Even though Howard ranks eight spots higher then Davis on the double-doubles list, Davis still averages about 2 more blocks a game and has played in nine less games. Davis ranks higher on the list than Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and even LeBron James.
Davis has elevated his game since his rookie season. Coming into the 2012 NBA Draft Davis had to improve on the offensive side of the ball. Was he able to shoot the outside jumpers? Could he post up bigger players and go right to the rim to score? He could block a shot that’s for sure, but the bigger question was could he score consistently at the next level?
Now in his second year in the league it’s safe to say that Davis can score from anywhere inside the three point line. Not only can he knock down jumpers, he can draw contact and still get the score and don’t forget he now has the role of the team leader.
Out of all the players drafted in the 2012 NBA Draft, Davis and Damian Lillard are the only two players to be selected to an All-Star Game, now that’s impressive.
Statistical wise Davis has out performed these five Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves this year.
- Paul Millsap is averaging 17.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG and 1.2 BPG
- Joakim Noah is averaging 11.7 PPG, 11.4 RPG and 1.4 BPG
- Roy Hibbert is averaging 11.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 2.5 BPG
- Chris Bosh is averaging 16.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG and 1.1 BPG
- Joe Johnson is averaging 15.7 PPG and 3.4 RPG
Davis will not only get the chance to school these five guys on the court in the upcoming week, he will also be participating in the Rising Stars Challenge. Davis was the first player selected to be on Team Weber and will be playing alongside Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo to name a few.
This is going to be a very exciting and jittery weekend for Davis. I can just hear the crowd going wild in my ear once Davis steps out on that court and throws down his first of many dunks. It’s been a great year so far for Anthony Davis and trust me this won’t be his last appearance as a Western Conference All-Star.