Coming off an injury plagued, and somewhat disappointing rookie season, former Kentucky Wildcats legend Anthony Davis is enjoying some unparalleled success during his sophomore campaign with the New Orleans Pelicans. Yes, I understand that we are only 3 games in to this young season but what he is doing for the Pelicans is what he did for his team during the 2012 National Championship campaign…only more. Stop me if you’ve heard this but during the title run, he averaged the 5th most shots on the team. Sure his defense was unstoppable and his ability to alter shots was unparalleled but, again, his offensive production was below what many star players during that season averaged. So coming out of Kentucky with that freakishly long, lean frame into a league where others at his position could outweigh him by 50-100 pounds, I didn’t expect an immediate impact. And I was right. However, through the first 3 games this season, he’s averaging:
New Orleans Pelicans (2nd Season) Kentucky Wildcats
23.7 PPG* 14.2 PPG
12.3 RPG* 10.4 RPG
2.7 SPG* 1.4 SPG
4.0 BPG* 4.7 BPG
46.5% FG 62.3% FG
( *) Rank #1 on team
Now I’m not a numbers guy but these splits are pretty staggering. No, I don’t expect him to maintain that offensive production throughout the season, or even the rebounding really but he is in line for a breakout season, ala DeMarcus Cousins.
As many players as John Calipari sends to the NBA, his “bigs” are always among the best, if not the best to come out of college regardless of their class and Julius Randle will be no exception when he opts for the NBA. That kid will be scary.