After reeling off a steak of eight losses near the start of January, the New Orleans Pelicans have won five of their last seven games and have won six of their last nine games. Due to injuries to Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith, this team seemed like they were headed for oblivion this season. However, their recent play seems to indicate that the 2013-14 NBA season is far from over in their minds.
With all of the injuries that they’ve recently had to endure, second-year forward and All-Star snub Anthony Davis has been answering the call in a big way. His averages of 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 3.3 blocks per game on 51.8 percent shooting on the year are impressive, the 22.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 4.8 blocks per game that he’s been putting up over his last nine games have been phenomenal.
Against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, Davis led the Pelicans to a 105-100 victory with his 27 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one block and one assist on 9-14 shooting and 9-10 shooting from the foul line.
It’s been clear for most of the season that Davis has elevated his game to another level. As a rookie, Davis had all of the tools that made it evident that he would develop into a star talent in this league. However, not many people expected that development to happen as quickly as it has.
In almost every aspect of the game, Davis has shown major improvement.
Be it his overall defensive impact, his repertoire on the offensive end of the floor, or even his activity and timing on the glass, Davis has not just shown progression, but has been performing his duties at an elite level for much of the year. If the Pelicans plan on still making a run at the playoffs, it’s apparent that Davis is going to have to play at this level for it to happen.