What Do New Orleans Pelicans’ Additions Mean For Anthony Davis’ Development?

July 16th, 2013 by Justin Bedi Leave a reply »

The New Orleans Pelicans acquired Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday this offseason to make their team more competitive, but will those moves ultimately hinder Anthony Davis’ development?

Selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Davis is regarded by many, such as ESPN's Justin Haven, as the second coming of Tim Duncan. His athleticism, shot-blocking ability and basketball IQ give him all the tools he needs to become one of the most dominant players in the league.

Usually, when a team picks a potential franchise player with star potential, the team surrounds that player with veterans and role players and waits for him to blossom.

This offseason, the Pelicans decided they weren’t going to wait on Davis' development to lead them to greatness. Instead, they traded for an All-Star in Holiday and acquired Evans, a former Rookie of the Year.

Do these moves make the team more competitive? Probably.

Does the presence of two ball-dominating guards, alongside Eric Gordon, hamstring the development of Davis? Possibly.

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