The latest news around the NBA today is that New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis was added to the Western Conference’s All-Star team, according to USA Today. Kobe Bryant’s leg is still ailing him and won’t allow him to attempt a return until after the All-Star break. In steps Anthony Davis to take his place, who was among a select group of Western Conference players that were also snubbed from the team.
While Davis is undoubtedly happy to receive the recognition from the league and his peers, All-Star Weekend is still a week away. The Pelicans still have four games left before the entire league descends upon New Orleans to kick off the festivities next Friday.
The first of those four games is tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. This matchup will pair Davis against power forward Kevin Love. Love was one of the five players that fans voted into the starting lineup for next Sunday’s All-Star game. Next week they will be teammates, but they will be pitted against each other for the majority of this evening’s game. Picking who comes out on top here shouldn’t be easy at all.
Davis’ improvement from his first season until now spotlights just how much potential he has. He has managed to increase his scoring output to just over 20 PPG. Additionally, he is a good rebounder and, by far, the league’s top shot blocker.
On the other side, Kevin Love is the game’s top power forward. Cases can be made for other guys (like LaMarcus Aldridge), but his skill set is far too expansive for him to be compared to anyone else right now. Currently, Love is the league’s fourth leading scorer and ranked second in total rebounding.
This is a great matchup not only between the two players, but between the two teams as well. Both are still vying for a spot in the playoffs. Minnesota is currently four and a half games behind Dallas for the eighth seed in the West; New Orleans is seven games behind Dallas. We’ll have to see who wants to gain some much needed momentum heading into the second half of the season in tonight’s contest.