Former No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Davis, who has been plagued by injuries throughout the short length of his NBA career proved to fans tonight that he is absolutely a superstar in the making. The New Orleans Pelicans pulled out the overtime 121-120 victory over the Boston Celtics, barely grasping onto any playoff hopes the team still has. Injuries not only to Davis, but to key players such as Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson have really destroyed any high hopes for the Pelicans to make a playoff push.
Furthermore, the man with the uni-brow was beyond impressive in tonight’s game. Davis was the first NBA player over the course of the season to record a 40 point and 20 rebound game, manifesting his unbelievable skills. We cannot overlook how difficult putting up these kind of numbers is. Scoring 40 points alone is impressive, let alone grabbing 21 rebounds to go along with them. Keep in mind this performance was against the rebounding machine in Jared Sullinger too.
Ever since Chris Paul was traded away, the franchise has had no sense of direction. New Orleans has made several foolish free agency signings, for example, inking Tyreke Evans to a four year $44 million deal last summer. Eric Gordon, who has also been injury ridden, has clogged up the remaining cap space with his four-year $58 million deal a couple of years ago. These lucrative contracts have gotten the Pelicans no where, besides in the bottom half of the Western Conference year after year. Now, this is where Davis comes to the rescue. When he has been 100 percent healthy, Davis has torn apart opposing big men on both the offensive end and defensive end. He has demonstrated his worth as a number one overall pick, who are expected to immediately rise to superstar status.
Although Davis still has a couple of seasons to fully develop his game, once New Orleans rids themselves of the horrible contracts, the Pelicans can potentially be a very dangerous team. Management must focus on acquiring a center to pair up with Davis, creating a dynamic duo in he frontcourt. There are many teams that lack front court star power, so New Orleans has to take advantage of this opportunity. The Holiday-Davis pick and roll can eventually carry this team to a long overdue playoff appearance. Until that moment, fans should appreciate the gem that they have found.