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NBA : Anthony Davis Making Case For MVP As Pelicans Continue Playoff Push

Anthony Davis might be the most dominant player in the NBA. Of course, many will point to LeBron, Stephen Curry, and Russell Westbrook, however when healthy there might not be a better option than Davis. Healthy is the key word though, and that’s what will likely keep Davis out of MVP discussions–The same can be said for Russell Westbrook–but he sure does make a compelling case.

Currently, his 24.7 points rank him in the top-five amongst all NBA superstars, and second behind LeBron James in front court scoring. While Davis isn’t the leading rebounder in the NBA, he is one of only three players to average 20 points and 10 rebounds. (Demarcus Cousins and LaMarcus Aldridge being the other two) What sets Davis apart is his awe-inspiring ability to block shots, as his 2.81 blocks per game lead the league.

Lately, Davis has been on a tear, and is dominating his opponents. Since his return from injury on March 4th Davis has averaged 33.4 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in four games, which included a 43 point performance against Milwaukee on March 9th.

The Anthony Davis coming-out party comes at a time when the Pelicans need him more than ever. New Orleans is currently fighting for a playoff berth, and Davis is the key component to a run at the postseason, and he doesn’t seem to be folding under pressure.

It’s crazy to think of what Davis can do next. Armed with a deadly jumpshot,  he can beat you away from the basket and in the paint as well. By being an effective floor spacer he creates opportunities for players like Tyreke Evans at getting to the the basket, which has been a big reason he has played so well in starting point guard Jrue Holiday’s absence.

If the New Orleans Pelicans make the playoffs then Anthony Davis deserves MVP love. (Frankly, he should get some regardless, but the unwritten rule is you must make the playoffs to be considered.) He is the most dominant player since Shaq, and this is only his third NBA season. Frankly,  it’s actually kind of scary how good he can become.



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