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Anthony Davis: Raising (Uni)brows

By: Anthony Alongi

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go to the Pelicans game on March 16, against the Celtics.  It was a stupid question, of course I was down to go.  “It’s in a suite,” he added.  SAY WHAATT?!?! I was doubly excited now.  This must be the first time they are letting an animal in a suite!

When the day finally came we arrived an hour before tip-off to check out our suite and knock down some food.  I went through four plates in that hour that consisted of sushi, chicken wings, hamburgers, meat pies, and jambalaya…and about 1,100 grams of carbohydrates.  I knew then that I would not be my normal self for the game with my signature yelling, chastising, cheering, and personal attacks on the opposing team’s players.  I had completely succumbed to my gluttony.  What a shame, because I was about to witness an evolution.

To be fair, the evolution of Anthony Davis began at the outset of the season, but Sunday was unquestionably the zenith of his transformation into one of the most dominant players in the NBA.  Watching him that night I couldn’t help but think two things: 1. this guy is GOOD 2. the initial guilt I felt from pigging out was increasing exponentially after witnessing his ridiculous feats of athletic excellence.

The game went back-and-forth for four quarters and every time the Pelicans offense hit a wall, he was there to knock it down, or  leap right over it (I’ve done one of those things).  He knocked down his jumpers, finessed his layups in, and threw down devastating dunks to go with a perfect night (12-12) at the free throw line.

It is a damn shame that his potential game-winning jumper with just over a second remaining in regulation was bested by a buzzer- beater by KRIS  HUMPHRIES, known more for his farce of a marriage to Kim Kardashian than any accomplishment on the court, which sent the game into overtime.  The 121-120 overtime victory turned out to be nothing more than a footnote in the wake of A.D.’s monstrous performance.  For the game he tallied a career-high 40 points to go along with 21 rebounds.  Including this game, his last six games he has averaged 32.3 ppg, 14.3 rbg, 3.0 bpg, and has shot a ridiculous 58.4% from the field.  At times his free-throw shooting has been shaky and inconsistent, over the last three games though he has shot with the consistency of a Serbian sniper, going 29-29 in that stretch.

The scary part?  This guy is in his second season.  This guy is turned twenty-one eight days ago.  This guy’s ceiling might be higher than any player that has entered the league since Kevin Durant.  That, coupled with the fact that the key members of the team are on the right side of thirty, should make any Pelicans fan tingle with excitement. Hopefully, the guys in the front-office find a way to keep this guy around for a long time.

The playoffs were a best-case scenario this season and although that won’t happen the team has made obvious strides despite being riddled with injuries (injuries which may have actually expedited A.D.’s exceptional play).  The future looks ever-more promising for this youthful Pelicans team, but at present I’m quite content with watching the rapid growth of that young man, and his unibrow.

 

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