The New Orleans Pelicans fell in a close game to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night to fall to just 6-8 on the 2013-14 NBA season. The Pelicans got a big game from Ryan Anderson and solid production from elsewhere in their lineup, but still fell short of capturing a victory and moving to .500 for the year.
Against Golden State, second-year forward and 2012 first-overall pick Anthony Davis continued to put on a show as he put up 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 30 minutes while also shooting 6-9 from the floor. The 20-year-old has come out of the gate this season looking already like a superstar and a franchise player for this Pelicans team.
However, the Pelicans have got to do a better job of keeping Davis consistently involved heavily in the offense. One of the biggest reasons for Davis’ climb to new heights early this season has been the development of his offensive game. Though he still has work to do with his post-game, he’s shown a developed mid-range jumper and has indeed added to his arsenal in the post and off the ball.
The problem that’s crept up over the past couple of games, though, is that Davis is kind of being buried in the shuffle offensively. Against the Warriors, Davis took only nine shots while five other players took more field goal attempts than him. As his team struggled on Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs as well, Davis took only eight field goal attempts in 33 minutes on the floor while six players took more shot attempts than him. Frankly, that’s unacceptable.
Davis should be one of the more prominently featured cogs in this Pelicans offense. Obviously you want players like Anderson and Eric Gordon to get their shots, but not at the expense of Davis not getting his. He’s far too talented, explosive, and versatile to not be getting more looks in their system. The Pelicans still aren’t fully clicking with their newly constructed roster, but Davis getting more touches consistently going forward is something that this team needs to make a concerted effort to do.