Anthony Davis is one of those players you create in a video game. He’s nearly 7 feet, can play at forward or center, can score at all three levels and is one of the best defenders in the game. After requesting for a trade last year, the Pelicans decided to sit Davis a lot throughout last season to keep him healthy, but Davis still averaged 25.9 points, 12 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 blocks per game in a “down year.”
Many people consider Davis to be a top five player. From a pure talent perspective, that might be true, but the Pelicans have only made the postseason twice in Davis’ seven seasons down in New Orleans. In those two playoff appearances, the Pels advanced to the second round only once. AD is a great talent, but he needs more success in the postseason to be a top 5 lock in my book.
Paul George made his first All-Star game way back in the 2012-13 season, so he’s been a perennial All-Star for a number of years, but he really had his coming out party last season.
George put up a career high 28 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game last season. He also shot a respectable 43.8 percent from the floor and a sizzling 38.6 percent from 3-point range on 9.8 3-point attempts per game. With Westbrook struggling to make shots last year, Russ seemed more than happy to let George be the No. 1 option in the offense, and it paid off handsomely for the Thunder. Not only can George score with the best of them, but he’s also one of the best defenders in the NBA.
For most of the season, PG was behind only Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden in the MVP race. He was really that good.
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