The New Orleans Pelicans definitely made the right decision with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, not that there was much of a decision to make. Coming into Tuesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, Anthony Davis has averaged 23.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.67 steals in the young 2013-14 season. Those numbers are good for seventh, third, second and seventh best in the NBA, respectively.
The Pelicans lost a tough one at home to the Suns, but on the bright side, Davis had another solid outing. The 20-year-old power forward scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked five shots. If he continues this level of play and the Pelicans get some wins under their belt, Davis will definitely be in the MVP conversation when the season comes to an end.
In order to get some of those wins, Davis is going to need some help, especially on the boards. No other New Orleans player averages even half the rebounds Davis snags. Next best on the team is center Greg Stiemsma, who manages 5.7 per game. That is not going to cut it for a team shooting .409 from the field which is good for just 25th in the league. If you’re not going to hit your shots, you better go get them, and the Pelicans have failed to do so thus far in the season.
Whether the team can get it together or not, the fans in New Orleans are going to get a great show from Davis. The former Kentucky Wildcat is becoming one of the most exciting players to watch in the league.