Welcome to Anthony Davis week at Saving the Skyhook. Throughout the week, we’ll be featuring a number of posts about the Pelicans’ phenom. Today we are starting out with a roundtable discussion. I was joined by co-editor Matthew Hochberg and staff writers Tony Ramsey and Sam Kuperman.
Let’s start off with a simple one. What is your favorite Anthony Davis highlight/moment?
Jack Maloney (@jmaloney9):
For me, it has to be his block of Dirk Nowitzki’s fadeaway. No one blocks that shot. You aren’t supposed to be able to block that shot. But Davis first of all stayed down on the pump fake, and then used his ridiculously long arms to lunge out and tip the shot. It shows how unique and disruptive he is – especially defensively.
Matthew Hochberg (@MatthewHochberg):
Anthony Davis is good. Really good. Picking one highlight of his wouldn’t do this kid justice, so I’m opting to choose his game against the Orlando Magic as my one favorite moment of his from this season. The 20-year-old dropped 22 points, while grabbing 19 rebounds and blocking 7 shots. He also turned Glen “Big Baby” Davis into “Small Baby” Davis with this poster.
Tony Ramsey (@A_RamseyLTSB):
Davis’ game against the Magic earlier this season where he dominated the box score with 22 points, 19 rebounds, seven blocks and three assists. His full array of skills was on display that night.
Sam Kuperman (@samkoop):
Regardless of how successful Davis becomes in the pros I will always think of him as that insanely talented freshman center that helped lead Kentucky to a national championship. He had so many huge blocks throughout the entire season (including 6 in the national championship game against Kansas). I vividly remember Davis standing there with his championship gear on holding up that trophy. He was huge throughout the March Madness run and when I saw him singlehandedly impact games on such a big stage, I knew he would do very well in the pros.
Where does Anthony Davis fall in your power forward power rankings?
JM: For this season, I have Davis a very close fourth behind LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin. (Among traditional power forwards. So basically, not counting LeBron as a power forward.) It’s tough to answer this in just a few sentences, but I think for this season I would take those three over him right now. However, if we’re talking about the future, like if you could pick one power forward to start a team right now, then I’d definitely choose Davis.
MH: Despite his talent level and play of late, Anthony Davis is the No. 3 power forward in the NBA. Both Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge are playing elite basketball at the moment and sit fourth and sixth in the league in scoring, respectively while they are also second and fifth in the NBA in rebounds per game. It’s hard to put anyone – even Davis – ahead of them.
TR: I’d rank Davis in my top-5 of NBA power forwards, right behind Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Blake Griffin.
SK: The problem with ranking players by position is that in today’s NBA so many guys flip around between positions. Some people consider the likes of Lebron and Melo power forwards but I do not. So judging by traditional power forwards I would say that Kevin Love, Lamarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin are the clear top 3 at this point. After that it’s very up in the air, but for the sake of argument I’ll put Davis at 4.
Does Davis ever get an MVP? If so, how long does it take him?
JM: I definitely think Davis wins an MVP award at some point in his career. He’s already averaging 20 and 10 with three blocks a night, and he’s only 20 years old. Even with LeBron James and Kevin Durant around, I think Davis will eventually be more than good enough to win that award. He’s set to turn 21 later in the season, so I’ll say he gets one by the time he’s 27. At that point LeBron will be on his way out of the league and Durant will be in his early 30s. By then, Davis will have a number of years experience under his belt and should be a dominant player.
MH: Yes. Anthony Davis will be the league’s Most Valuable Player before his career is complete. As just a 20-year-old, he is averaging a double-double (20.4 points, 10.3 rebounds) to go along with 3.3 blocks per night. The scary part for the rest of the league is that Davis has yet to reach his full potential. The 6’10” power forward will be MVP within the next five years.
TR: I don’t see the Pelicans in their current state ever contending, so I doubt Davis gets an MVP any time in the next five years. Maybe he will once he hits his prime, but he’s still got some time to grow before he reaches that level.
SK: Very doubtful, and it has nothing to do with Davis himself. The fact of the matter is that as long as LeBron and KD are in the league, the MVP honors won’t leave their grasp that much. Both of them are playing out of this world and play on elite teams, so odds are the award will be tough to come by for most players throughout the next decade. That being said, Davis’ versatility certainly gives him an edge for the MVP award over players that are only dominate in one or two areas of the game.