February started off a bad month for Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans when DeMarcus Cousins suffered an Achilles injury in a game against the Rockets. Since then AD has been straight up grinding and things have looked a lot better for the Pelicans. Davis said in an interview that after Cousins was hurt he adapted the mindset of Russell Westbrook when Kevin Durant left the Thunder. So far it looks like that has paid off.
Here are Anthony Davis’s numbers from each game in February:
- 53 Points, 17 Rebounds, 5 Blocks
- 45 Points, 17 Rebounds, 5 Blocks, 5 Steals
- 44 Points, 17 Rebounds, 3 Blocks
- 43 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Steals
- 42 Points, 15 Rebounds, 3 Steals, 2 Blocks
- 38 Points, 10 Rebounds, 3 Blocks
- 38 Points, 9 Rebounds, 2 Steals
Those numbers are pretty damn amazing. They look like stat lines from NBA 2K myplayer mode. The Pelicans have also went 5-0 in their last 5 games, with the Brow putting the team on his back.
The Pelicans play the Spurs tonight and Davis needs 26 points to join Moses Malone as the only players over the last 40 seasons to average 35 points and 10 rebounds per game in a calendar month (via @EliasSports)
In the last 17 years Davis has as many 50 point, 15 rebound games as the rest of the NBA combined (3). This dude has been playing out of his mind and has stepped up in the biggest way possible since Cousins went down. We have known for a couple years that he was one of the better players in the league but he is pushing for top 5 in the league status.
Now let’s talk about the MVP race for a moment. Anthony Davis has made a legitimate case for MVP over this last month, and besides that he has had a great year overall. James Harden is the current favorite and I agree with that (I won’t get into his numbers right now, since this is about AD) but we can all acknowledge that Davis has to have moved himself up significantly. I believe he can definitely make a push to pick up his first MVP this season.
My current top 5 MVP candidates would be as followed:
We will see tonight if Davis can secure his spot in history next to Malone, but regardless this month has been huge for him and the Pelicans. They currently sit at #6 in the West and that is thanks to AD going beast mode. I’m excited to see if he can keep this level or anywhere close to this level of play up for the rest of the season and see what the Pelicans can do in the Playoffs.
Written by Vince LoBiondo
(Photo via StatMuse)