Anthony Davis has received nothing but love since entering the NBA…until this year.
After making a difficult run to the playoffs to be the 8-seed, the Pelicans were poised for a breakout year with Davis leading them to the promised land. Instead, the only team with a worse record than the Pelicans (11-26) are the lowly Lakers.
To be fair, injuries have plagued the Pelicans this seasons, including Davis, who’s most recent ailment is a nagging back contusion. Despite the injuries, Davis is 11th in the NBA in scoring, averaging 22.8 points per game, he’s tied for 7th in rebounding with Boogie at 10.8 per game, and is 2nd in blocks per game at 2.53.
So what’s missing? Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding says it’s leadership from AD.
There was no doubting the statistical dominance Davis achieved last season. Even now, amid the disappointment, he has remained in the clear upper echelon on offense and has been one of the league’s hardest guys to score against, according to NBA.com.
What is missing, though, is real and crucial when it comes to becoming a basketball Jesus: leadership.
Until Davis discovers that important intangible part of himself, he’ll continue to be flat-out overrated.
As a person that plans on watching Anthony do his thing in person later this year, I hope he proves them wrong and begins turning things around in New Orleans.