Anthony Davis came into this season as a bright kid with very high future projections on what he could be for the 2nd year player. He was looked at as a phenom. A definite very popular breakout candidate. He was very solid last year, and was a weapon, but something has seemed to click for Davis this year like no other. It’s great to see, and easy to say that he has matured into one of the premier forwards in the game.
Even though playing for the lousy New Orleans Pelicans. Now entering the All-Star Break, Davis is an All-Star, with his game being at one of the best in the game. Through 44 games,the 20-year-old big man has recorded 23 double-doubles while averaging 20.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 1.6 steals and shooting a sensational 52% from the field. It is a bit surprising that Davis was not voted for at the start for the All-Star game. But, my complaints about All-Star games in general is for another day.
There is an abundance of time to prove to any others who doubt him that as his career is just getting started. His future is extremely bright. Where he’s going to end up in the annals of time, is anybody’s speculation. But, perennial All-Star, and All NBA player feels like it will be consistent in his basketball story.
The sky is the limit for the kid. When he he reaches his prime, so fundamentally, give him another 3-4 years, you can likely crown Davis as the best PF in the league. Davis has a great jump shot, a great post game, excellent during one on one plays, and is amazing at running the floor. He plays all over the court. And he is a nightmare on the low block with a smooth mid-range stroke.
Once he gets a consistent turn around jump shot then there’s no question, he will be the best. Unfortunately, there will be those who disagree in the likes of how his team proceeds. What does he do for this teammates? Because how a players team fares is also important. But I refuse to letting the lack of playoff appearances obscure my assessment of him. He has so much time to learn the leadership skills that are needed. He has more potentiality because he is so young and you can already see the results in his game. LaMarcus Aldridge who is considered one of the best PFs in the game, was rebounding way less than Davis in his 2nd year. One of the greatest power forwards to ever play the game, Tim Duncan, was not shooting nearly as good as Davis is now, and look how his game has turned out. Not too shabby.
Considering the minutes he plays, he could potentially be a 25-12 guy, every night, commanding the double team, night in and night out. When you can take your game and make your teammates better than they are, then you are truly great. All the best have done it, for years. But it still is a daunting task. The draft class of 2012 was pretty solid. With Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard in a category by themselves. Showing the NBA who and what they are going to be dealing with for 13+ years to come.
Give Anthony Davis a few more years, and I can emphatically see him as the best PF in the league.