There may not be a more impressive big man in all of basketball so far than the New Orleans Pelicans’ power forward Anthony Davis. In only his second season, Davis is off to a ridiculously hot start and is quickly establishing himself as one of the league’s best in the business.
Davis is putting up some gaudy numbers in the first week: 23.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.7 steals per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 95 percent from the line. Mind you, those free throw numbers aren’t stretched. He’s gotten to the line six times per game over the course of his first three games.
Davis has averaged 4.0 blocks and 2.7 steals per game through the first week of action, showing the talent to be able to strike fear into opposing players driving to the lane. Defensively, he’s getting better by the day. Davis is so active and aware of his surroundings on the defensive end at times that you wonder if he’s even thinking — it’s such a natural flow at certain moments, and it’s a blast to watch.
The big man’s ability to grab offensive boards thus far in the season has been nothing short of unbelievable. He is averaging 6.0 offensive rebounds per game through his first three contests, and with the way he’s asserted himself on the glass I don’t see that number dipping below a minimum of four or five the rest of the year.
He has an uncanny ability to tip in missed shots through the early stage of the season, and it’s almost a perfected science for the second year forward. Watching him soar over opponents to quietly tip in a missed shot is about as fun as something like that can be to witness. He is doing it better than anyone so far.
Another aspect of his game that has gotten my attention is the smooth scoring in the post. Whether it’s a baby jump hook or a turn around floater, Davis is scoring down low in a variety of ways. He’s even gotten stronger from the looks of his game, being able to better back down his defenders and get to the hoop almost at will.
Davis is off to a phenomenal start to his 2013 season and if he keeps up this type of play, he could be in line for an easy All Star bid and even land himself on an All-NBA team by season’s end. Folks, this is only the guy’s second season. If you’re telling me he’s only going to get better, the Western Conference has a lot to be worried about.