When the New Orleans Pelicans selected Anthony Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, it was clearly with the thought that he would develop into a star and cornerstone for this franchise down the road. As Davis was only 19 years old when he was drafted, I’m sure they were thinking three or so years down the road for that to happen. As it turns out, it could be about to happen in only his second season.
Through the Pelicans first three games of the preseason, Davis has been phenomenal. Matching up with some of the more talented big men in the league, he has been able to find a great deal of success on both ends of the floor.
In New Orleans’ preseason opener against Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets, Davis played 27 minutes and was able to amass 21 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks while shooting a solid 9-16 from the floor.
Against the Dallas Mavericks in the second game of the preseason, Davis played only 26 minutes, but still managed to put up 25 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block while shooting 11-19 from the floor.
In the Pelicans’ latest game against the Orlando Magic, Davis finished with a fantastic 29 points, nine rebounds, two steals and four blocks in 31 minutes. He also maintained a high level of efficiency as he shot 9-20 from the field, but was able to get to the free-throw line 11 times as well and hit all of his attempts.
Davis showed a ton of promise as a rookie and it seems that he’s only gotten better over the summer. He has unquestionably developed his offensive game and has a lot more shots in his arsenal now. More than that, but he’s also noticeably bulked up which allows him to get better positioning and body guys up on the glass, on offense and on defense.
The Pelicans drafted Davis with the hope that he’d be part of the future of this league and, quicker than most would’ve expected, it seems like he’s on the precipice of becoming just that. Not to overreact to a few preseason games, but Davis looks like an All-Star forward in this league already.
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