Anthony Davis is the starting PF/C for the New Orleans Pelicans. He put the Pelicans on his back and dragged them into the playoffs, posted a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 31.0, and is averaging 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. And he just turned 22 years old in March. Let that sink in for a second. Davis he is only a year removed from being able to drink alcohol legally, and he is making history. Statistically, he is on par with David “The Admiral” Robinson and Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon. Those are two of arguably the greatest big men of all time. That’s some pretty rare company. Throw in how efficient Davis is (60% true shooting), and he is even better than “The Admiral” and “The Dream” were at the age of 22.
Anthony Davis is a marvel. Every season since coming into the NBA, he has come back with a new facet to his game. When he was a rookie, his scouting report was that he could only catch and score in the paint and he played average defense. He never took a dribble. During his sophomore season, he dribbled into the paint, had a post game, and play great defense. Now in his third and current season, he is taking jumpers, improved his handles, got even better than he already was on defense, and his passing is average. At this pace, he can become the most complete big man the NBa has ever see. Keep in mind, he is only 22 years old and he is already one of the league’s most versatile and best players. It isn’t an exaggeration to say that at the end of his career, he will have the shooting touch of Dirk Nowitzki, the strength of David Robinson, the longevity of Tim Duncan, the post game of Hakeem Olajuwon, the energy of Kevin Garnett, and the defense of Bill Russell. Anthony will be the face of the NBA in 5 years. Maybe less. In the meantime, let’s all just bask in Davis’s glory and watch him develop into the best player on the planet.
-Brian Nguyen (LRHS)