Let’s be honest, we knew Anthony Davis was good, but did we know he was this good? In his second year in the NBA, Davis is becoming an unstoppable force. In the New Orleans Pelican’s Tuesday night win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-89, Davis scored a strong 30 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, tallied up 3 assists, a steal and 8 blocks. The next day, Davis was announced to be on the roster for the 2014 All-Star Rising Star Challenge (along with fellow former Wildcat Terrence Jones.)
New Orleans’ coach Monty Williams explains the conversation he had with Anthony Davis over the summer to give Davis the green light to become a force this season, and it seems as if it’s only helped the Pelican’s in the long run.
“This summer, I just told him, ‘Look, I’m hands off now. I’m going to put you out there and now you’ve got to go,’” Williams said. “He just said, ‘Coach I’m ready. Let me go.’ I said, ‘Well, you’ve got to condition yourself to play 35 minutes a night. That’s a tough deal.’ He hasn’t backed down one bit.”
Anthony Davis is shooting 51.9% on the season, .3% up from last season. Davis is also improving at the free throw line shooting 76.2% from the line, up from 75.1% last season. Thus far into the NBA season, Davis has grabbed 384 rebounds, 51 assists, 121 blocks (up from 112 total last season), and 57 steals, very solid numbers all around for the Power Forward and they only seem to be improving.
During the rout of the Cavaliers, Anthony Davis jammed his finger, he was able to get it wrapped up to finish the game against the Cavaliers, but caused him to sit out against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night, leaving them a bit short handed.