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Anthony Davis – The Forgotten Headline

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In a NBA season headlined by Kevin Durant’s move to the East Coast and Russell Westbrook’s ability to sleep walk into a triple double there is one headline that has been forgotten; Anthony Davis is still freaking good.

Just listen to this stat line; 41 points on 14/27 shooting, 16 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 42 minutes of play.  Those were the numbers put up by Davis in the Pelicans 105-88 stomping of the Lakers Tuesday night.

Davis’ stat stuffing performance Tuesday night marks his fourth game this season with 40 points or more and third with at least 40 points and 15 rebounds.  The rest of the NBA currently sits at zero.

On the season Davis is averaging 32.1 ppg and 2.78 blocks, which is good for first in both categories, as well as seventh place with 11.2 rpg.  Only Bob McAdoo has ever averaged 30 points and 2.5 blocks per game in a single season.


After a rocky start to the season losing their first eight games, three of which came against two of the powerhouses of the NBA in Golden State and San Antonio, the Pelicans have won seven of their last eleven on the broad shoulders of their superstar.

The highly coveted collegiate star out of Kentucky was drafted number 1 overall by the Pelicans in the 2012 draft and was voted on by NBA Executives last season as the player most desired in leading an NBA franchise.

Due to a few injury plagued seasons (68 games missed in 4 seasons) and the emergence of fellow big Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota and the star power explosion that is Steph Curry, Davis has fallen a bit to the weigh side in the headline department.

It is also fair to point out that in four seasons Davis has led his franchise to only one playoff appearance and over .500 wins once.  Which produced a four game out to the Golden State Warriors who would go on to win the title.

There are however few players in the NBA that are asked to do as much as Davis on a squad void of fellow superstars.  Couple that with the games missed due to injury and we see how the once thought of  MVP candidate has struggled leading his team to wins.

Here comes the good news for Pelicans fans.  The return of Jrue Holiday, who missed all of training camp and the first twelve games of the season due to spending time with his is pregnant who is also suffering from a newly discovered brain tumor will certainly help.

Holiday is hands down the second best player on the squad and has the ability to stretch the floor with his shooting ability, play lock down perimeter defense and most importantly run the offense effectively.  Bringing him back into the fold to supplement the recent dominant play of Davis should spell success and wins for this year’s Pelicans team.

The Pelicans next challenge comes Friday night when they play host the Chris Paul and the red-hot LA Clippers.  The Clippers are currently third in the Western Conference with a 14-5 record and coming off a bad overtime loss to the lowly Brooklyn Nets.  This will be a test of a team trying to fight their way back into the playoff mix in the Western Conference and expect Davis to shoulder the load.