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New Orleans Pelicans Need Anthony Davis to Take Leap to Stardom in 2014-15

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Anthony Davis reminds me of a gentle giant who has tremendous potential to rule the NBA, but forces beyond his control keep throwing roadblocks in front of him. Sure, his averages jumped to 2o points and 10 rebounds per game last season, but once again, injuries ruined what otherwise could had been a breakout season for the sophomore phenom. If only he could get control of his health, his talent and star profile would grow exponentially.

Davis is a rare talent in today’s NBA. He is offensively gifted, can block shots and defend down low, and has the hustle and desire to make the dirty plays on the paint. He is the New Orleans Pelicans‘ best player and their All-Star, but because Davis cannot seem to have the ability to stay healthy, the team’s rise back to respectability continues to be cut short.

So it’s imperative that Davis has a breakout year in 2014-15. The Pelicans have built a roster that caters to Davis’ massive offensive talents, and it’s up to Davis to finally get his health under control and utilize the roster and his natural abilities. If Davis can stay healthy and finally make the leap, the Pelicans can be a fringe playoff contender next season.

But that all depends on Davis. During Team USA’s win over Brazil on Saturday night, Davis showed the world just what he is capable of and why he should be the captain of Team USA in the FIBA World Cup. He needs to take that same drive into the 2014-15 season with New Orleans and show the NBA that he can be the centerpiece of a future championship team.

This will be the season where we either proclaim Davis as a superstar or relegate him to being a dominant talent who continuously falls short of expectations.

Kareem Gantt covers the NBA for Rant Sports. For more from this author, ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google