Anthony Davis is the undisputed best young player in the NBA. Saturday night, he became just the tenth player in NBA history to put up 300 points and 100 rebounds in his teams first 10 games of a season, next to the likes of Shaq, Elgin Baylor, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jerry West. Unfortunately for Davis, he is on the worst team in the league. Yes, even the Philadelphia 76ers are better.
While many casual NBA fans only get a chance to see Davis during the All Star Weekend, those that follow the regular season closely realize he is a man playing with boys in New Orleans. The supporting cast just isn’t good enough, and in the loaded Western Conference, there are going to be many nights where Anthony Davis will look across at the opposing team, and what could be. Night he goes up against James Harden and the Rockets, or Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City. What about when Davis heads to the East Coast, and takes his talents (even for a night) to South Beach? I’m sure Pat Riley wouldn’t mind trading his entire roster to build around Davis.
This isn’t as much as about Davis as it is the poor roster he is playing with. When your second best player is the inexperienced Tim Frazier out of Penn State, you are in for a long season. 65 losses is my projection for New Orleans this year. The other way to look at it is Anthony Davis will win 17 games by his own accord, assuming he can stay healthy. Davis, who is under contract with the Pelicans until the 2020-21 season, is earning every bit of the $22M the franchise is paying him this year. I just hope the fans demand the front office get him some help and fast. The last thing the Pelicans or the city of New Orleans need is the franchise star wanting out of the city. They have already lived through that nightmare once not that long ago.