23 Reasons Why Anthony Davis Should Be An All-Star
January 27, 2014
#1: He’s one of just four NBA players averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds this season.
#2: He’s leading the league in blocks per game (3.14).
#3: His scoring average has increased by nearly seven points since his rookie season.
#4: “He’s proven to people that he’s a superstar in the league. He’s only going to get better.” - Ryan Anderson
#5: His dunk over Glen Davis. Enough said.
#6: “If he hasn’t done enough (to be an All-Star), I don’t know what else you can do. Every night, he carries our team.” - Pelicans head coach Monty Williams
#7: He’s the only NBA player all season to have 22 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks in the same game, as well as the first player in franchise history to achieve that statistical feat.
#8: “It’s easy with AD. You’ve just got to throw it somewhere in the vicinity of the basketball court.” - Jrue Holiday on passing to AD
#9: He had a staggering 17 blocks over a two-game stretch vs. Philadelphia and Utah, becoming the first player since Dikembe Mutombo in 2001 to have eight-plus rejections in consecutive games.
#10: “He’s a special player, especially for how young he is.” - Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw
#11: “You can’t teach that kind of raw athleticism or that kind of height and length.” - Pelicans assistant coach Kevin Hanson
#12: It only took him one game this season to make an appearance on NBA.com’s “Dunk of the Night.”
#13: “He has a lot of natural competitiveness and can play at both ends of the floor. When you have exceptional talent and can play a balanced game, that’s a big asset for your team.” - Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford
#14: Against Clifford’s Charlotte team, Davis became the youngest player in NBA history to record at least 25 points, five blocks and five steals in a game (25/6/6).
#15: Among all No. 1 overall draft picks, he’s made the second-biggest increase ever in scoring average from his rookie to second year (behind only Bob Lanier in 1971).
#16: “He’s one of the best players in the NBA and he’s so young.” - Darius Miller
#17: He was the youngest player in NBA history to record at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, when he had 32, 12 and six in those categories vs. the Lakers.
#18: “Every year he continues to get better. As his body is getting better, his understanding of how to play and who he is is getting better. He just plays the game. He makes plays because he is trying to play the game right.” - Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin
#19: He already has an Olympic gold medal.
#20: According to ESPN Stats & Info, he’s one of just four players since the 1985-86 season to have 1,500 points, 200 blocks and 100 steals in their first 100 career games. The others? Chris Webber, David Robinson and Patrick Ewing.
#21: He’s on pace to average more than 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks this season, which would make him the first player since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-2000 to do so.
#22: The Pelicans’ No. 23 is sixth in the league in Player Efficiency Rating (26.3). The only players ahead of him are Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Love and DeMarcus Cousins.
#23: The All-Star Game is the perfect showcase for one of the league’s most dynamic talents – who’s still only 20 years old.