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Just How Good Was Anthony Davis Today?

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Anthony Davis posted the stat line of the season with 59 points and 20 boards in a Pelicans win over the Pistons. The 59 points are a Pelicans’ record and this was the first 55 and 20 game since Shaq in 2000. Since the end of the game, several ridiculous stats and facts have arisen. Here are several of the best. (Shoutout to Basketball Reference and NOLA.com for a couple of these stat lines)

  • He was the second youngest player to total 50 points in 20 rebounds. Bob McAdoo is the only player to do so at a younger age. (ESPN)
  • Only one Pelican, other than Davis, scored more than six points in the 111-106 New Orleans win. Davis accounted for 51% of the Pelicans’ total points.
  • Davis’ 59 points is the most in an NBA game since LeBron James dropped 61 in March of 2014.
  • The last player to score 59 points was Michael Jordan in 1988. Only 20 players in history have totaled that number. Purvis Short is the only other player since 1983 to score exactly 59 points.
  • Davis passed Jamal Mashburn (50) for the most single-game points in Hornets/Pelicans history. 
  • With a +18, Davis was a clear leader in the +/- department. No other player had a number higher than +5.
  • If you had started Anthony in a daily league, you would not have needed to start anyone else to win. He totaled 93.5 points on DraftKings.
  • Davis passed his previous career-high with 8:44 remaining in the fourth quarter when he scored his 43rd point. 
  • SportsCenter’s Twitter pointed out that Davis hit eight mid-range jumpers and scored a career-high 28 points in the paint. He was also 2/2 from behind the arc.
  • Ryan Anderson went 1/12 from the field. Just imagine if Davis had been fed on those possessions. Sigh….
  • Davis shot over 70 percent from the field, but even more impressive is that he went 9/10 from the line.
  • Most importantly, Davis’ 59 points were the most by a former Kentucky player in NBA History.

Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.

8 Comments for Just How Good Was Anthony Davis Today?



  1. JVice
    8:34 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

    “The last player to score 59 points was Michael Jordan in 1988. Only 20 players in history have totaled that number. Purvis Short is the only player since 1983 to score exactly 59 points.”

    That doesn’t even make sense. How can Purvis Short be the only player since 1983 to score that amount, when Jordan did it in 1988?



  2. tratpat2
    10:04 pm February 21, 2016 Permalink

    Going 9/10 from the line is EVEN MORE impressive than shooting over 70% from the field when shooting 34 shots? Maybe compared to this current class of Cats. Trey loves the free throw.



    • CATandMONKEY
      8:20 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      Agreed. 9 for 10 from the line hardly raises an eyebrow, never mind being impressive.
      Great game by A.D. though. EPIC, actually.



    • tratpat2
      9:34 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      I see what you did there



  3. jonthes
    12:27 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    Anthony Davis had the best single season a freshman ever had in college Bball. In a much tougher era than Alcinder/Jabbar’s time, the two losses by a point on a last second shot and in overtime in a conference tourney final; and Jabbar didn’t play as a freshman (forbidden at the time). Had Davis stayed four years like the old days, four titles would have been almost certain.



  4. Angelo
    12:59 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

    He took the fewest shots at UK… Just like KAT… dammit…sad…



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:25 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      Stop trolling, loser.



    • theWilkman
      10:26 am February 22, 2016 Permalink

      I think it worked out ok for us