The New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets headed into overtime on Sunday evening to try and decide their contest between two teams that almost surely aren’t going to end up in the 2014 NBA Playoffs. However, it was really just a welcomed chance for the Anthony Davis show to continue for another five minutes of action.
Davis was a monster against Denver on Sunday, notching a double-double relatively easy. He finished the night playing 45 minutes and putting up 32 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, one steal and an incredible six blocks. Davis also shot 10-20 from the floor and was able to get to the foul line 16 times and convert on 12 of those attempts.
In just his second season in the league, Davis has been on an absolute tear. In 54 games this year, the soon-to-be-21-year-old has averaged 20.4 pints, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.9 blocks in 35.4 minutes per game while hitting 52.2 percent of his shots from the floor and hitting an impressive (for a big man) 77.1 percent of his free-throw attempts.
We’ve all seen what Davis has done this season and have been wowed by his superstar potential in this league. However, what may have been overlooked during talks of potential is the fact that Davis is already a star. Sure, he’s not going to make the postseason in either of his first two seasons, but that’s not totally his fault. Though the Pelicans weren’t playing like a playoff team at any point this season, injuries have derailed any chance of that happening. Moreover, Davis has been the bright spot in what has been a disappointing season in New Orleans.
The talented forward is more than likely just going to keep improving and become just an absolutely ridiculous two-way player that could possibly become one of the best two or three players in the entire league. With that, though, we need to be sure to give him his due for the remarkable level that he’s already performing at this season.