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Anthony Davis is “pushing LeBron (James) for the crown right now”

Photo: Copyright 2017 NBAE

Photo: Copyright 2017 NBAE

When former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins went down with an Achilles injury last month, there wasn’t much hope for the New Orleans Pelicans to make any major run in the NBA Playoffs. In fact, many analysts thought the team could miss out on the Playoffs entirely, which could have led to head coach Alvin Gentry getting fired and Cousins leaving in free agency this summer to play for a “winner.”

Beyond that, star forward Anthony Davis had already expressed slight frustration in the team not taking the steps forward necessary to build a contender, and there was worry Cousins’ injury and impending departure could have led to Davis eventually demanding a trade, kickstarting a complete rebuild for the Pelicans.

Needless to say, the situation was troublesome in the Big Easy.

Instead of letting Cousins’ injury ruin the season, Davis has completely taken over the game of basketball, quickly jumping into the Most Valuable Player race.

Since Cousins has been out, Davis has carried the Pelicans to a 9-0 record, averaging 38 points and 15 rebounds per game, and has dropped 40 or more points five times.

In fact, he’s the first player since Karl Malone to average 35 PPG and 10 RPG in nine straight games.

Not only is Davis placing himself firmly in the MVP race, at least one NBA analyst believes the former Wildcat big man is coming for LeBron James’ crown as the best player on the planet.

With the Pelicans surging, Davis is becoming more and more content in New Orleans, and Cousins apparently likes what he sees, too.

In an interview with Marc Stein of the NY Times, Davis said he’s going to “keep selling the dream” to Cousins, and that Cousins “plans” on being back in New Orleans.

In fact, Cousins is missing his time on the court with his Pelican teammates so much that he asked Davis for his Achilles at halftime last night.

If you haven’t jumped on the Pelican bandwagon yet, you might want to jump on soon.

It’s very likely to be headlined by Davis and Cousins for the next several years.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

8 Comments for Anthony Davis is “pushing LeBron (James) for the crown right now”

  1. Saul T. Nuts
    10:30 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    I’m on the bandwagon, and let’s not forget that Darius Miller and Rajon Rondo have both played great too.

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    10:55 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    If you “quote” someone, you usually list who you quote, not make people search for it.

    • ukkatzfan
      11:48 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Wrong. They are apparently doing exactly what you are saying they don’t usually do. But if that person is doing what they usually don’t do then SURELY you can overlook it this one time. But in the meantime, could you let me know what da hell you talking bout ?

    • Parker_UKFanNC
      11:53 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      What exactly are you referencing?

  3. catsfan1995
    6:40 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Yeah…. love AD but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Top 5 for sure. Better than Lebron? No way

  4. wildcat2012
    6:57 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Of course AD gets hurt for the second night in a row. Love AD, he’s just to injury prone to be considered the best. Lebron, MJ, Magic, Kareem, Larry and Bill all stayed healthy until the end of their careers. AD has probably already missed more games then all those greats combined.

  5. natedaddy
    12:09 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. I love AD but he’s not even close to LeBron. I’d put him behind Durant, Westbrook and James Harden too. He needs to prove he can stay on the court (the best ability is availability) and prove he can carry an otherwise terrible team to the playoffs

    • natedaddy
      12:17 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll add this….if he keeps up what he’s been doing the last couple of weeks and the Pelicans make the playoffs, he’s absolutely in the running for MVP, but it will be tough for him to overtake Harden for it. But he’s still nowhere close to Lebrons level.