Coming into Saturday night’s NBA action, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was already starting to look like a breakout player of the year candidate, as well as an MVP contender with his improved play in just his second year in the league.
The former Kentucky Wildcats great ranked among league leaders with a 21 points-per-game scoring average while collecting 11 rebounds and four blocks per contest. He’s also averaging two steals per game.
He came into the NBA known for his elite blocking ability, as he set a school-record at UK for blocks, but it appears Philadelphia 76ers small forward Evan Turner didn’t get the memo:
He even flirted with the first triple-double of his career. Only the lopsided score prevented Davis from notching it. He sat out the entire fourth quarter and settled for a line of 13 points, nine rebounds and eight blocked shots.
“He’s playing like an All-Star,” Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday. “He’s going to get a quadruple-double one of these days, to be honest. The sky’s the limit for him.”
He ranks second in the NBA in player efficiency rating, or PER, a stat created by ESPN’s John Hollinger, which quantifies a player’s per-minute productivity. The only player ahead of him is Minnesota Timberwolves All-star power forward Kevin Love at 29.9.