Anthony Davis Is Oh, so Close to Being the NBA’s Best Player

January 3rd, 2015 by Thomas Duffy Leave a reply »

A glance at Anthony Davis’ numbers is like the view from the top of a mountain—everything just goes on and on…and on. The longer you stare, the more impressive it all becomes.

The 21-year-old, now in his third NBA season, is putting up video game stats for the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis is scoring 24.8 points (tied for fourth most in the league), grabbing 10.5 boards (ninth) and swatting 2.9 blocks (first) a night while also leading the Association in offensive win shares. His mark of 31.4 stands just a hair behind Russell Westbrook (31.7) for the league lead in player efficiency rating, though the former is more impressive given that he's played in 12 more games.

New Orleans has a shot—albeit a long one—to earn its first playoff berth since Chris Paul’s departure, but the Western Conference is so competitive that Davis’ season may end in April instead of June.

On New Year’s Eve, Bleacher Report’s senior NBA writer Howard Beck wrote, “The Western Conference playoff race is over.” Beck pointed to the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Gr ...

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